Despite morning rain, some good racing is promised at Fontwell Park’s latest meeting today (Tuesday) where a seven-race card starts at 2.10pm with a Hands and Heels handicap hurdles for conditional jockeys and amateur riders. Rain is expected to clear by lunchtime, with sunny intervals during the afternoon.
This is certain to be a testing affair, run over three miles and three furlongs, but Absolute Shambles, trained over the border in Hampshire by Chris Gordon, is inevitably in the frame at this popular track. The horse has the assistance of 3lb claimer Louis Muspratt in the saddle, who has been placed with the horse on his last two outings. Another to catch the eye is Lawney Hill’s runner, Miss Mayfair, ridden for the first time by Charles Deutsch.
The two mile six furlong handicap chase which follows is contested by an improving runner for Heart of the South Racing Group, Dynamic Idol, ridden by Joshua Moore, was unlucky to find one better at Plumpton last time out, and had won at Lingfield Park on his previous outing. He will face most challenge from the Venetia Williams-trained Tuskar Rick.
The feature race of the Docker Hughes Memorial Hurdle over two miles six furlongs could well go to another Venetia Williams runner, Arthur’s Oak with Aiden Coleman in the saddle, provided this horse acts as well on better ground as he did on heavy. But Ballyheigue Bay, trained by Chris Gordon, ran well at Plumpton on his first outing for the yard, having run previously in Irish point to points, and will have the assistance of Tom Cannon in the saddle.
The following three mile two furlong handicap chase has yet another Venetia Williams runner in Tarraco. The French-bred does not have a good track record at Fontwell Park, and his sole win came at Plumpton on holding ground where five runners were pulled up on holding ground and one fell.
The second horse was 22 lengths behind the winner with the third another nine length behind – the only finishers in the nine-runner field and it may pay to look elsewhere. Joshua Moore has a good record riding for Renee Robeson and is on board Smart Exit in this race.
In the Mares Maiden Hurdle over two miles two furlongs, Gary Moore sends out two runners, but five-year-old Sudden Wish, ridden by Jamie Moore, comes to Fontwell is an interesting prospect, having steadily improved. Double Accord represents the in-form Anthony Honeyball and was fourth on her debut over hurdles and should be on the upgrade.
The two mile two furlong handicap chase is a competitive affair, with runners entered by trainers Emma Lavelle, Oliver Sherwood, Ben Pauling, Brendan Powell and Andy Turnell all on the upgrade.
The final race is a National Hunt Flat Race. The gates open for this meeting at 12 noon, with the first race at 2pm.