Through The Card: Fakenham, Friday February 19

There is racing from Fakenham on Friday
There is racing from Fakenham on Friday

Timeform take you through the card at Fakenham on Friday.

"Work In Progress returns to novice company after running respectably in a couple of useful handicaps and gets the nod to return to winning ways here."

13.30 - The card opens with a match race, and it would be some surprise if Willow's Saviour is unable to complete the course in front. Dan Skelton's novice was fourth behind Bristol De Mai and Ar Mad in a Grade 1 at Sandown last time and shouldn't have to come off the bridle to beat Loreta. The biggest danger for the selection could well be the obstacles in front of him, but he's likely to make the most of a golden opportunity.

14.00 - A race where solid recent form is at an absolute premium, and a chance is taken on Vertueux to follow up his out-of-the-blue success at Market Rasen on Boxing Day. The selection was last in a Flat claimer last month, but he may be happier back over hurdles. Few of the others appeal in a weak race, but Neworld is dropping in class and can give Vertueux the most to think about.

14.30 - Work In Progress returns to novice company after running respectably in a couple of useful handicaps and gets the nod to return to winning ways here. Dan Skelton's charge scored easily on his last start against fellow novices at Kempton in October (run in open handicaps since) and has leading claims back against his peers after a short break. McKenzie's Friend had a tough task when pulled up in a Grade 2 at Plumpton last time, and he's entitled to get involved now dropped in class.

15.05 - Marden Court is a tricky customer and can race lazily, but he responded well to headgear when second at Wincanton last time and is taken to break his duck here. Kazlian is interesting on his old hurdle form, having been competitive off much higher marks in the past, but he didn't show much aptitude for chasing when pulled up at Plumpton in November. Kings Cross bounced back to form when second at Ascot last time and is respected, whilst the Italian Yob can get involved having not been at his best on his previous start.

15:40 - A tight contest where any of the six could take the spoils. A chance is taken on Roycano, who has shown promise in handicaps despite having not tasted success in eight starts under Rules, and is fancied to open his account today in this slightly easier race. Just So Cool is unexposed, so has to be feared if staying the trip, whilst Major Milborne bounced back to form when runner-up returned to hurdles at Plumpton last month and has a good chance off 2 lb higher if he's in the same form.

16.10 - A race which revolves around Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who prepares for a tilt at the Foxhunters Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next month with her first start under National Hunt Rules aboard Pacha du Polder. It's a baptism of fire for her to be riding an odds-on favourite, but her mount is the class act in the line-up and really should be winning. Pendleton is familiar with her partner, having come second in a ladies' open point last month. Good Egg was a long way behind the selection on his last Rules start in April, but he posted an easy point win last time and can chase the favourite home.

16.45 - Postbridge rates as a confident selection in the lucky last. Warren Greatrex's mare showed plenty to work on when second on her debut here in October and can enhance her stable's excellent record in these events by winning this. Llantara travelled well for a long time on debut at Towcester and rates as the biggest danger, whilst debutants Tilsworth Phyllis and Our Savannah are worth a check in the market.

Recommended bets:

Back Work In Progress to win in the 14.30
Back Postbridge to win in the 16.45

Placepot permutation:
13:30 - 1
14:00 - 6
14:30 - 3
15:00 - 5
15:40 - 5
16:10 - 3
= 1 line

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