A Trainer Is Sending A Single Runner On A 458 Mile Round Trip To Fakenham Today

Fakenham - December 19 2021
Fakenham 14:50
Thomas Doggrell

Not A Role Model

Thomas Doggrell
Sam Thomas
Age: 9
Weight: 11-13
OR: 126
Days: 15

A trainer on Sunday is looking to have a winner at Fakenham over the jumps, sending just one runner to the Norfolk based track on the day, which sees the handler make a 458 mile round trip.

When we see trainers coming such a long way to just run the one horse we like to highlight it, as we believe they would not be coming all that way if it did not have a real chance.

Trainer and former jockey, Sam Thomas, boasts a highly impressive 29% strike rate with horses travelling this distance or further to race; he's been in good form of late with a 30% strike rate across the last 14 days.

His representative, Not A Role Model, returned from an eight month break last time out with a solid runner-up effort at Chepstow in this class 3 grade.

The 7yo gelding is entitled to come on plenty given he will strip much fitter with that run now under his belt and he has also been given the welcome application of a 7lb claimer on board for todays run; this may just eek out that last bit of improvement needed to get his head in front off an untouched mark.

He has won at Fakenham before, albeit over hurdles, and looks set to relish the switch back to a well suited track.

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Max McClellan