Winning was an easy matter for trainers Charlie Egerton and Emma Lavelle at Fontwell Park’s meeting yesterday, where they both came away with doubles instigated by appropriately named horses.
Easy Beesy won the opening Conditional Jockeys Hurdle Race with Gavin Sheehan in the saddle, continuing Charlie Egerton’s good run of form, while Aidan Colman completed the Egerton double with Shantou Magic in the Novice Hurdle Race.
The victory by Easy Bees was particularly pleasing for owner Sandra Roe, for she bred the horse and has a two-year-old and a foal in the pipeline. “This is the first racehorse I have bred and I am delighted with the result,” she said.
Shantou Magic won nicely enjoying the rain-soaked ground, and will probably appreciate a longer trip. He will be aimed at a similar race again before a likely step up to something like the Challow Hurdle or the Tolworth.
Kind of Easy took the 2m6f handicap chase for Emma Lavelle, but certainly made life difficult for himself with an horrific blunder at the ditch three from home when well clear. Fortunately Aidan Colman hung on grimly to pick him up and go on for victory.
“I don’t want heart attacks like that again! He saw the ditch and just threw himself at it,” said his trainer afterwards. She completed her double with Red Rock, ridden by Gavin Sheehan in the 2m2f handicap chase later in the day.
It was good to see Double Chocolate starting to recapture his previous form when coming in second to Kind of Easy. Owned by Red and Black Racing, he ran a good race over a shorter distance than his optimum and is clearly benefiting from a change of scenery. He has been switched to Gloucestershire trainer John O’ Shea and could well be back in the winner’s spot next time over a longer trip.
One of the unluckiest horses of the day was Orzare, trained at Findon by Philip Hide and owned by Mr Byan Fry of Chichester. He contested the Beginners’ Steeplechase, and was badly hampered tackling the fourth flight from home, when Baby Shine fell in front of him.
The horse was going strongly at the time and mounting a challenge, but jockey Joshua Moore had no hope of staying in the saddle. Both horse and rider returned unhurt, but trainer, jockey and connections were left contemplating what might have been- and Orzare would almost certainly have been in the first three. The race was won by Black Thunder trained by Paul Nicholls
He is a decent horse, and a former unbeaten juvenile hurdle winner for Gary Moore. Philip Hide has had a good year with his relatively small string, with both flat and jumps runners and Orzare is certainly one likely to add to his successes in the near future.
The testing ground sorted out the runners in fifth race, a handicap hurdle, when 20-1 shot Bally Legend, trained by Caroline Keevil and ridden by Ian Popham, came home ten lengths clear and only six of the ten runners finished,.
The final race of the day, the Mares’ Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race over 1m6f went to Rouauine Sauvage (6-1), trained by Anthony Honeyball and ridden by Rachael Green