Fontwell Park’s Boxing Day meeting defied the weather

Tim Vaughan

Trainer Tim Vaughan won the opening race

Thanks to hard work by its groundstaff team, coupled with a dry night, Fontwell Park defied the odds and its popular Boxing Day meeting went ahead as planned.

The going was inevitably heavy but that did not deter the Tim Vaughan-trained Duneen Point taking the opener by almost three lengths, helped by a 6lb drop in weights and the benefit of 3lb claimer Michael Byrne in the saddle.

In the Betfred Mobile Lotto Handicap Chase,  Join The Navy, previously trained  by Seamus Mullins,  put in in outstanding performance for Hampshire trainer Kate Buckett, with Chloe Boxall in the saddle, claiming a runaway 18 length win.  Although he benefited from the demise of contender Rosoff early on in the race, it was a fluent and impressive performance.

The David Pipe-trained Too Generous had won two bumpers before disappointed with poor jumping on her hurdling debut at Bangor- but certainly made amends in the Betfair Mares Novice Hurdle winning at 6-1 by 13 lengths.

It was no surprise to see Queens Grove, trained by Kevin Bishop win the Betfair Mare Handicap Hurdle, for she had enjoyed a fluent third win at Hereford previously and had the calibre to defy a 7lb penalty with a ten lengths margin, despite the ground.

The combination achieved a double  with another odds-on victory later in the Betfair Goals Galore Handicap Chase when Wild Ground won going away by 21 lengths.

Neil Holland sent out Uimhir A Seacht to make light work of the Betfair Bonus King Handicap Hurdle Race in the capable hands of 10lb claimer Chris Meehan overturning favourite Bathwick Junior by seven lengths.

In the final race of the day- a National Hunt Flat Race- The Informant shrugged off a 434 day absence since his original debut, in the capable hands of Andrew Thornton for trainer Seamus Mullins to win in a well-judged finish.

Fontwell Park’s next fixture is  on Sunday January 27, with the first of seven races at 1.30pm. BGates open at 11.30pm. There are advance ticket offers for this raceday, which can only be obtained on line up to 12 noon on the day prior to the meeting.


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