Fontwell Park racecourse has three more fixtures before the end of its currrent season, staring with a Ladies Evening tomorrow, Friday, when gates open at 2.30pm and the first race is 4.30pm.
The aim is to blend fashion, glitz and glamour with the thrill of jumps racing followed by a DJ set from Radio 2’s very own Jo Whiley. Dress to impress for your chance to win £1000 cash plus a luxury hamper from House of Fraser for Best Dressed Lady.
Then the popular Hunter Chase evening returns to Fontwell on Thursday May 14, with the United Hunts meeting designed for point-to-point horses and jockeys- and this is bound to attract a good turnout, with the first of seven races at 5.15pm.
The final fixture before the summer break will be a Bank Holiday Fun Day on Sunday May 24, designed with something for all the family and seven races which start at 2.20pm.
The most valuable race of the day tomorrow is the Get Yourself On The Winner handicap hurdle over two mile two furlong.
But the one which really catches the eye is the opening maiden hurdle race over two miles four furlongs, where entries include Cotton King, previously trained by the late Lady Herries at Angmering Park, and now by her former stables manager and assistant Graham Mays.
Andrew Thornton takes the rideon this eight-year-old Dubawi gelding, owned by the sister of Lady Herries, Lady Mary Munford, in his first run in a National Hunt race. He has four wins on the flat all-weather to his credit and it will be a real pleaure to see him run and carry on the Angmering Park tradition of having occasional jump runner as well, if he takes up the engagement tomorrow.
Racegoers may well remember Honour High, a striking grey with the same trainer and owner, who made his mark in National Hunt races before retiring with wind problems.
Another local horse in the same race is Stars Royale from Nick Gifford’s Findon stables with Tom Cannon riding. Stars Royale ran well in a novice hurdle at Cheltenham until landing awkwardly and unseating his rider at the sixth. He needs to put in a solid performance here to fulfill his potential.