FONTWELL Park’s St Patrick’s Raceday yesterday attracted a decent crowd, which enjoyed both competitive racing and plenty of Irish atmosphere a the popular Sussex track.
The seven-race card had the advantage of mainly good ground for the fixture as well as decent weather. Trainer Ben Pauling made the trip from Gloucestershire pay off when taking the opening novices’ hurdle race with Treaty Girl, a five-year-old mare scoring her third victory of the season for the in-form handler.
Claimer Maurice Lineham rode this horse well, coming home clear of Lucy Wadham’s Mystic Sky to win by an easy seven lengths. The mare had previous experience winning in point-to-points and had got off the mark at Huntingdon last month. She will now have one more run this season before having a break.
Bertenbar, a 12-year-old gelding which won the following handicap steeplechase, has clearly been rejuvenated by a change of scene and is enjoying life with Oxfordshire trainer Lawney Hill. Partnered by Aidan Coleman, the 15-2 shot won the handicap steeplechase comfortably, appreciating the better ground.
Newmarket trainer Lucy Wadham, whose horse Mystic Sky finished second in the opening race, had quick compensation in the third race, a Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Race. She sent out five-year-old mare, Sunshine Corner, with Leighton Aspell up, to win at 4-1 from Harry Fry’s fancied Lady Of Lamanver by a short head.
Lucy said: ” This is her third win for me after winning two of her first three starts- the latest at Plumpton in January. She will be going chasing next year and is a nice prospect.”
Trainer Anthony Honeyball sent out Solstice Son to win the Peter and Beryl Scott Memorial Handicap Steeplechase over three miles one furlong, with a fine display of jumping, ridden by 5lb claimer Harry Cobden.
” He had 18 months off before returning at Doncaster last month. He won well today and hopefully will continue to progress,” said his trainer.
Dorset trainer Harry Fry continued his run of successes when Karinga Dancer won the handicap hurdle partnered by amateur rider Michael Legg by an easy six lengths.
Paris Snow, at 3-1, took the handicap hurdle ridden by Jake Hodson for trainer Ian Williams, while the final race of the day, a conditional jockey handicap hurdle, saw another victory for in-form Hampshire trainer Chris Gordon when David Noonan won by 12 lengths on board 4-1 shot Cool King.
The next meeting at Fontwell Park is on Friday April 1 with the first race at 1.40pm.