Jockey Tom Cannon stole the show at Fontwell Park yesterday when he not only collected his third consecutive trophy as Champion Jockey at the track, but also notched up yet another double at the meeting.
His first victory came in the National Hunt Novice Hurdle Race over two and a quarter miles for trainer Chris Gordon . He rode Remiluc, owned by Les Gilbert and Julian Gamble, to an impressive ten length victory, showing a good turn of foot.The six-year-old, which had been with Paul Nicholls for only one run before being sold, could head for Sandown next, where connections feel he will be even better on a galloping track. His real future lies over larger obstacles and connections said he will go chasing next season.
Julian Gamble, managing director of Worthing-based Winner Plant Hire, said:” He is a proper, proper horse and will progress to better things. We are delighted with him.”
The second leg of Tom Cannon’s double came when he rode Morgan’s Bay to win the two miles two furlongs handicap steeplechase for trainer Linda Mongan. She said the ten-year-old had not been easy to train,. ” He has had issues and is not an easy horse to train,, but he won for me in October and was runner-up in December at Lingfield. He did it nicely today and is very versatile in running. ”
Fontwell Park is a popular track with Caroline Keevil, who trains at Motcombe in Dorset and she sent out Strawberry Hill with James Best in the saddle to win the two mile six furlongs handicap steeplechase following an excellent ride from this young jockey.
Caroline said: ” He won here in November 2013 but then had 13 months off through injury. He was coming back to his best when second at Taunton last week. He was off the bridle most of the way in this race but I knew he would keep going when he went upsides in the closing stages and this was a better distance for him than last week’s two mile trip.”
Trainer Richard Lee’s journey from Hereford with six-year-old Definite Future paid off when the gelding, ridden by Jake Greenall, won the Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles beating De Blacksmith,trained by Gary Moore by a short head, with Nick Gifford’s consistent Prouts Pub a further length back in third place. The final National Hunt Flat race went to Chapel Hall trained by Nicky Henderson and giving conditional jockey Freddie Mitchell his first winner for his new boss.
The next meeting at Fontwell Park is on Sunday February 22 with the Totepool National Spirit Hurdle Race.