Fontwell Park’s two day Festival meeting starts today ( Friday) , continuing tomorrow, Saturday October 1.
It kicks off with Fullers Friday today, when, in addition to competitive racing, Fullers bring along their popular Shire horses and Oktoberfest returns for the second year with more beers, more bars, more food and more Bavarian fun.
This will be a great day out with some top class jump racing to be enjoyed and children under 18 go free. Gates open at midday, and the first race is at 2.15pm with the last race at 5.10pm.
A competitive card today offers plenty of action, with West country trainer Colin Tizzard, who does well at Fontwell, is triple handed- sending Newton Abbott winner Temestatefloresco (Aiden Coleman) to contend the novice chase, Theatrical Star (Brendan Powell) for the Memorial Handicap Hurdle and Wizards Bridge ( 3lb claimer Paul O’ Brien) in the conditional jockeys handicap chase.
Dan Skelton has sent out quite a few winners at this local track and his contenders tomorrow include eight-year-old Workbench, ridden by brother Harry, which has won twice at Fontwell and was only narrowly beaten at the last meeting in the handicap chase.
His consistent hurdler Exellent Team, a previous course winner will again have Harry in the saddle in the handicap hurdle race and hoping to score his second victory at Fontwell.
Local trainer Gary Moore has his horses in good form at present and sends out two runners, Sisania partnered by Jamie Moore in the opening juvenile hurdle race, and previous Fontwell winner Vikekhal, ridden by William Clarke in the conditional jockeys race.
The second day of the festival is supported by Southern Water and combines some quality jump racing at this figure of eight track with a family fun day out and live music. Returning for the second year, this fixture will also feature more beers, more bars, more food and more Bavarian fun along with live music after racing.
After racing on the main stage will be “Paint it Black” as the unrivalled best tribute to the Rolling Stones on the circuit today, delivering with rock ‘n’ roll perfection performing live.
Plus back by popular demand, the Spirit FM disco will follow plus free children’s attraction, bouncy castle, face painting, mini fun fair and pony rides.