Tilt over Grand National fences could be next for Wiesentraum

FOOT PERFECT: Leighton Aspell and Wiesentraum on their way to winning at Fakenham on Friday
FOOT PERFECT: Leighton Aspell and Wiesentraum on their way to winning at Fakenham on Friday

Tackling Aintree’s famous Grand National fences could be next on the agenda for 
Wiesentraum following his win at Fakenham on Friday.

It was a case of déjà vu at the West Norfolk track with the eight-year-old gelding, who is trained in Newmarket by Lucy Wadham, winning the feature Class Three handicap chase for the second year in a row.

While a tilt at the Merseyside track’s famous four-and-a-half-mile chase may be a just a dream at this stage, Wiesentraum could get a sighting over the unique fences in December.

“He won that really well and he just seems to have improved this year,” said Wadham. “Like at Warwick, his jumping has won him the race.

“It is very trappy round here and it just fell perfect for him

“Talking to Leighton (Aspell, winning jockey) he said about giving him a go over the Aintree fences so he will have en entry in both Beecher Chase and Grand Sefton later in the year.”

There was a career-first winner at the track for fellow Newmarket trainer Robert Eddery after Isabella Liberty made her debut outing over hurdles a winning one in the two-mile fillies’ juvenile hurdle.

“She is a great big filly who had schooled very well at home,” said Eddery. “She was quick and accurate and there is nothing she has to brush up on.

“This track won’t have suited her as she really wants a galloping track.

“I won’t rush her and I could bring her back out after Christmas.”

Knock House looked every inch of a chaser worth following when producing an exemplary round of jumping before landing the Class Three 2m5f novices’ chase.

Kept close to the head of affairs throughout by Brian Hughes, the Mick Channon-trained five-year-old, who was last seen finishing down the field to Faugheen at the Cheltenham Festival, sauntered home by 18 lengths.

“He has always jumped well from day one and today his jumping kept taking him into the lead and he has done everything right,” said Hughes.

Aidan Coleman was left singing the praises of trainer David Dennis after Roman Flight defied top weight to take the feature two-mile Class Three hurdle, just seven days after winning at Cheltenham.

“He is a very easy ride 
when he is on a going day 
but he is not the most straightforward,” said Coleman. 
“David Dennis has done a 
great job to win two races in succession with him as, although he has been very consistent, he has not got a great win record.”

There was a welcome change of luck for Jason Maguire who after taking two falls earlier in the 
card, steered Kiama Bay to 
glory in the concluding two-mile novices’ hurdle, while the Emma Banks-trained Midnight Charmer secured the 2m5f Class Five prize 
for the second successive season.

In the opening two-mile selling conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle, Seaside Shuffle took full advantage of a falling mark to score for the first time since opening his account over hurdles at Taunton in December.