Plumpton double for in-form Moore family

A glorious afternoon at Plumpton yesterday combined with highly competitive racing, enjoyed by a good crowd.

There was a double for Gary Moore with son Jamie scoring in the opening Maiden Hurdle by an easy three lengths on board 8-11 favourite Graasten.

The German-bred four-year-old has run over hurdles before,  being placed at Fontwell and Plumpton, and has previously won twice on the Flat. He made no mistake here, forging clear on the Flat to victory.

Trainer Gary Moore

Trainer Gary Moore

The second half of the Moore double came when son Joshua partnered Guards Chapel to an impressive victory in the handicap hurdle over two and a half miles, beating 9-1 shot Snippetydoodah by a comfortable even lengths.  Both Moore-trained horses should go on to better things.

One of the best rides of the day came from jockey Tom Cannon, when he partnered 10-1 shot Queens Present to a fluent win in the Mares Novice Hurdle over two miles.

Trainer David Arbuthnot

Trainer David Arbuthnot

Queens Present is a classy chestnut mare by Presenting and was making her debut in National Hunt racing, having previously run in two point to points overseas. She comfortably overturned odds-on favourite  Queens Well.

The three-mile one furlong handicap chase turned into a procession, when 8-1 shot Dawnieriver, trained by Michael Scudamore and ridden by Tom Scudamore came home 49 lengths clear of the remainder of the field, headed by second placed Kapgare King, trained  by Jamie Snowden and ridden by Brendan Powell.

There was a tighter finish in the handicap chase of the day, which saw Lady Susan Brook’s horse Spock, win by a head under an excellent ride by amateur rider Lorna Brook.This rider should go on to accumulate more wins.


harry-cobden

Conditional Jockey Harry Cobden, (pictured above) who is based with Paul Nicholls, won the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle race over two and a half miles when partnering 9-1 shot John  Biscuit for trainer Jo Davis. He had a comfortable victory of just over a length in the race when favourite Shouting Hill could finish only third.

South East RDA conference

More than 120 Riding for the Disabled members, representing 26 groups from across the South East, converged on the Haven Centre in Crawley Down recently for the region’s Annual Conference, sponsored by East Grinstead’s Cowan Architects. A West Sussex-based RDA group was among the winners of prestigious awards.

This year, the theme was Gold and delegates were treated to meeting Rio’s triple equestrian Paralympic gold medallist, Sophie Christiansen and current carriage driving world champion, Anna Grayston, who thrilled them when they described their journeys to success.

Sophie with Janie Lawson and Ed Bracher Photo: Joanna Sales

Sophie with retiring chairperson for West Sussex Janie Lawson (centre)  and Ed Bracher Photo: Joanna Sales

The day also included presentations from RDA UK Chief Executive, Ed Bracher on the future direction and growth of the RDA movement and the need to work together with other like-minded organisations for the benefit of giving disabled participants the experience they deserve.

Chair of the RDA Participation Committee, Emma Wells also talked about the need for groups to listen hard to their participants to understand what they really need and want from the groups while Natalie O’Rourke gave an insight into the trials and tribulations of setting up her new group at Park Lane Stables in Greater London.

Sophie Christiansen described her experiences in Rio as truly remarkable. “We were all united in one vision; to throw off our disability and perform in front of the world”.

In her praise of the RDA she laid down her commitment to speaking out about disabled rights and accessibility issues admitting “It’s amazing what you can achieve with a few gold medals! But none of this would have been possible without the start that the RDA gave me. Thank you – all of you – from the bottom of my heart”.

Sophie with Jemma London from Chichester Group which won the Buchan Bobby Trophy Photo: Joanna Sale

Sophie with Jemma London from Chichester Group which won the Buchan Bobby Trophy Photo: Joanna Sale

“This is the beginning of new conversations” said Regional Chairman, Lindsay Correa. “We need to set up Participants’ Pow Wows to make sure our customers get what they want”.

“At national level, we need to support groups who want to grow and celebrate those who are happy and comfortable as they are” said Ed Bracher. “We must be on the same team and encourage more groups to promote each other as well as our partnerships”.

Sophie Christiansen and Ed Bracher  presented Long Service Awards for 35 years to Judith Melstrom of Stella Hancock Driving Group (Worplesdon, Surrey), 30 years to Rosemary Harrison who is also retiring as Surrey County Instructor, Brenda Tolhurst of Chalkdown Group (Staplehurst, Kent) and Shirley Price of Heron’s Ghyll Carriage Driving Group (Whitesmith, East Sussex) and 25 years to Hiliary Hill of Heron’s Ghyll.

Volunteer of the Year Award went to Sue Turok, Chair of Samber Group, Chobham, Surrey.

Her citation listed her as an ‘exceptional volunteer’ and the Group firmly believes   “that without Sue’s dedication, loyalty and hard work the group may have closed this year but with her caring nature, positive attitude and dogged determination and belief in preserving the great work that we do, Samber is now successfully settled into new premises”.

Sophie with Sue Turok from Samber, who won Volunteer of Year award Photo:

Sophie with Sue Turok from Samber, who won Volunteer of Year award
Photo: Joanna Sale

Gilly Roper from Bradbourne RDA (Sevenoaks, Kent) was awarded the coveted Tora Bray Perpetual Trophy for her tireless support of RDA in the South East and nationally.
Chichester RDA Driving Group was awarded the Buchan Bobby Trophy for its amazing use of social media.

On a sadder note, the Region said “Goodbye” to Retiring Officers, Janie Lawson, County Chair of West Sussex and Lesley Morrill, East Sussex County Instructor.

Other awards were:
Volunteer of the Year:Corinna Heddle, Quest Group, Chobham, Surrey.
Jenna Leight Bradbourne Group, Kent County Chair and Regional Committee Member in Brilliant Idea category.
Sarah Groom and Eastbourne RDA for effective use of social media to find new ponies and volunteers.
Liz Jarvis, Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent for using a plastic moulding to extend and tailor the reins to fit her hands.
Most improved participant:Richard Attenborough, Cobbes Meadow, Canterbury, Kent who once was frightened of horses and now drives like a demon.
Lysa Jephcott and Bunny Penny of East Park, Newchapel for setting standards of excellence in our regional fundraising.

 

Captain Joy aims for championship again

Captain Joy has been one of the real stars of the All-Weather Championships for the past two seasons and the seven-year-old has the Sun Bets All-Weather Mile Championships on Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14, 2017,in his sights again this year.

The popular grey enjoyed the biggest victory of his career when successful in the All-Weather Mile Championships at Lingfield Park on Finals Day last season, when he powered home to a game half-length success over Sovereign Debt in the hands of Pat Smullen.

Captain Joy Photo: ARC

Captain Joy
Photo: ARC


Trained at the Curragh, Ireland, by Tracey Collins, Captain Joy’s victory on Finals Day was even more remarkable given the fact he had survived a life-threatening bout of colic in September, 2015 and had only one outing last winter prior to his Good Friday victory, when successful in a Fast-Track Qualifier at Dundalk in February.

In the 2014/15 All-Weather Championships, Captain Joy was a close third on Finals Day in the All-Weather Mile Championships, having qualified by landing a Fast-Track Qualifier at Lingfield Park.The seven-year-old son of Dark Angel, who is owned by Herb Stanley, has won nine times on the All-Weather in total, with all of his seven other victories coming at Dundalk.

Tracey Collins reported: “Captain Joy is very well at the moment. He has come back from having a break.

“We have to try and organise a winter campaign for him now. Unfortunately, there are not many races at Dundalk that are suitable for him, so we will probably have to travel over to England again with him.

 “It will be more than likely that we will go down the Fast-Track Qualifier route with him again. The qualifier at Dundalk is not until March, which is a long way off. The horse will tell us when he is ready and we will map out a plan from there.

“Captain Joy is just a horse that loves work and loves racing. He is a very consistent and genuine horse.”

There is Listed all-weather  action at Kempton Park this evening, Wednesday, with the £40,000 32Red Floodlit Stakes (7.25pm) over a mile and a half.

Among the 19 entries for the 32Red Floodlit Stakes are Group 1 winner Robin of Navan (Harry Dunlop) and Western Hymn (John Gosden), who was third in this season’s G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Hickstead’s arena polo season starts today

After another successful season of international showjumping at Hickstead, the equestrian action continues with the beginning of the Arena Polo 2016/2017 season at The All England Polo Club.

For the second year, the Club will be managed by Sarah Wiseman from Aspect Polo.

International Arena Test Match action at Hickstead

International Arena Test Match action at Hickstead

The season gets underway this weekend with a series of two open weekends (29/30 October and 5/6 November), where people are welcome to come down to Hickstead to have a go at polo and experience everything the All England Polo Club has to offer.

After the open weekends there will be a busy winter of practice chukkas, challenges and tournaments, with the season reaching its conclusion with the Arena Polo International Test Match in March.

Aside from the Test Match, entry to the other tournaments is free of charge for spectators, making it a great family day out.

The All England Polo Club features a 100m x 50m boarded arena, with a clubhouse overlooking the arena selling a wide range of drinks and refreshments.

There is on-site stabling for 80+ horses, with full and DIY livery available as well as rental horses and lessons.

All Weather Championships’ fourth season

The very successful All-Weather Championships, run for the fourth season, began at Lingfield Park yesterday,, with six British courses involved for the first time and continuing input from overseas racing.
There is a new look to the fixtures on Finals Day, Good Friday on April 14 next year, with the £1-million programme of races at Lingfield Park being augmented by racing at two more Arena Leisure Company racecourses, Newcastle, which will stage a £250,000 All-Weather card, and Bath with turf racing worth a total of £175,000. Finals Day will be broadcast live on both At The Races and ITV4.
There are two new sponsors for the fourth All-Weather Championships, Betway and Sun Bets, both Authorised Betting Partners of British Racing, who join 32Red, an original backer from 2013, as category sponsors.
New season of all weather championships

New season of all weather championships has begun

 

Six All-Weather Championships categories will be involved during the 2016-17 season which is from Thursday, October 27 through to the £1-million Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday. There were seven Categories in 2015-2016, with the two Three-Year-Old ones and Finals over five furlongs and a mile, and this has been changed into one Three-Year-Old category with a Final over six furlongs.
Every race at the six All-Weather racecourses in Great Britain – Chelmsford City (Polytrack), Kempton Park (Polytrack), Lingfield Park (Polytrack), Newcastle (Tapeta), Southwell (Fibresand) and Wolverhampton (Tapeta) – between these dates will count as qualifying runs, with Newcastle Racecourse’s new Tapeta track, which opened to plaudits on May 17 after a £12-million development, involved for the first time.
Every All-Weather Championship race at ARC’s four such tracks – Lingfield Park, Newcastle, Southwell and Wolverhampton – will include sectional timing information produced by Total Performance Data, which will be available on the At The Races website.
There are 24 Fast-Track Qualifiers, four in each of the six categories, where horses can gain automatic and free entry to the respective Finals.
The Fast-Track Qualifiers are scheduled at five British racecourses, Chelmsford City (two), Kempton Park (three), Lingfield Park (six), Newcastle (three) and Wolverhampton (four), plus three overseas racecourses, Dundalk (four), Ireland’s only All-Weather track, and two French courses, Cagnes-Sur-Mer (one) and Deaville (one).
The six 2016-2017 All-Weather Championships’ categories are:
Three-Year-Old over 6 furlongs (sponsored by 32Red) – £150,000 Final.
Fillies & Mares over 7 furlongs (sponsored by 32Red) – £150,000 Final.
Mile over 8 furlongs (sponsored by Sun Bets) – £150,000 Final.
Sprint over 6 furlongs (sponsored by Betway) – £150,000 Final.
Marathon over 16 furlongs (sponsored by Betway) – £150,000 Final.
Middle Distance over 10 furlongs (sponsored Betway) – £200,000 Final.
The seventh race on Finals Day at Lingfield Park will be a £50,000 handicap for apprentice jockeys.

Pippa takes top spot

Show jumper Pippa Allen, member of the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Podium Potential Programme took the top spot on Saturday (October 15) in the second qualifier of the 2016 Dodson & Horrell and the World Class Programme Under 23 Championship series at Aintree Equestrian Centre.

In a class of 36 combinations, eleven horses went into the jump off and four pairs produced double clears but it was Allen who went quickest on board John McGeogh’s Hope Springs as they clocked a time of 33.97 seconds in the final round. Nicole Holmen took second place on board Cochella owned by Hennings & Reiner Detlef after finishing on 36.19 seconds whilst Graham Gillespie claimed third on board his mount Celine, finishing just under a tenth of a second behind on 36.27 seconds.

Following a very competitive class, Allen said: “I felt really good and I was really confident about my horse who I have been working with for the last eighteen months. The jump off really suited him as there were a lot of oxers and I could really trust his scope to jump them. He’s really quick against the clock and for a big horse he can turn like a little pony.”

Pippa Allrn in action

Pippa Allrn in action

Miles O’Donnell and Borsato (owned by, David Platt, Rosalind Platt, Claire O’Donnell & David O’Donnell) just missed out on a place in the top three after also posting a double clear as they stopped the clock in 37.74 seconds. Amy Inglas finished fifth with Everyway (owned by Belle Grey Farm); James Shore took sixth with Coriander Van’t Vennehof (owned by Jonna & Charlotta Sundblad) and Bryony Ward place seventh with Mill Hollow Clouding (owned by Miss E Hudson).

The next qualifier takes place this Saturday (October ) at the Bury Farm Equestrian Centre.

The Championship is supported by Dodson & Horrell who is Europe’s leading equine feed manufacturer and a highly respected worldwide authority on animal nutrition and feeding. Dodson & Horrell’s involvement of the Under 23 British Championship demonstrates their history of support in equestrian sports across all levels, from sponsorship of British Dressage,

British Showjumping, Riding Club and Pony Club events to title sponsorship of the iconic Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. In addition, as official supplier of nutrition to Equestrian Team GBR, Dodson & Horrell played a pivotal advisory role in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The World Class Programme aims to provide Britain’s elite riders with the best preparation to represent Equestrian Team GBR on the international stage and is funded by National Lottery and Exchequer funds via UK Sport.

WHW sculptures to be auctioned

WORLD Horse Welfare is offering the chance to own fourteen truly unique pieces of equestrian art as bidding opens for its stunning Invisible Horse Sculptures which featured at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials earlier this year.

Designed, adorned and painted by renowned artists and personalities, each of the fourteen stunning sculptures told the story of a horse rescued by World Horse Welfare.

From the ‘rock-star’ horse Dippy imagined by celebrated hat designer, David Shilling, to the decadent gold leaf of Cambodian working horse Mesor crafted by artist, Katie O’Sullivan, the eye-catching florals of Shetland pony Blossom decorated by fashion designer, Julian Seaman and the jockey silk emblazoned youngster Dash created by racehorse trainer, Jamie Osborne – each horse is a completely original and hand painted design.

Each sculpture stands at around 7hh (71cm) high and is made from fibreglass, created from a stunning clay maquette which was sculpted by Judy Boyt. In addition to sculpting The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials trophy,

Mark Todd and Michelle painting the sculpture Photo: World Horse Welfare

Mark Todd and Michelle painting the sculpture
Photo: World Horse Welfare

Judy Boyt has exhibited all over the world and her work is held in many private collections from the Royal Family to the Duke of Roxburghe and actress, Jane Seymour. In order to create the maquette, Judy chose World Horse Welfare Adoption horse, May, as her muse and live-sculpted her at the charity’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset.

As part of World Horse Welfare’s Charity of the Year status at Badminton Horse Trials, the completed sculptures were then positioned around the event with adults and children alike captivated by the quest to find all fourteen and complete the trail.

World Horse Welfare Director of Fundraising, Emma Williams, said:“From the germ of an idea almost a year ago, the Invisible Horse Trail became a fantastic reality and we will be thrilled to see the horses ‘rehomed’ to be loved and enjoyed by successful bidders in the auction. We are delighted with both the stunning designs and support of all the artists involved, each one has created a unique and special piece which tells the story of World Horse Welfare’s work through a different creative approach.

WHW chairman Barry Johnson, The Princess Royal amd scuptor Judy Boi

WHW chairman Barry Johnson, The Princess Royal amd scuptor Judy Boyt

“The response to the horses so far has been overwhelming, with thousands of people enjoying the sculpture trail at Badminton Horse Trials and also at our Glenda Spooner Farm and Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centres where the horses have spent the summer months. This is a great opportunity to own a one-off piece of equestrian art whilst supporting World Horse Welfare’s vital work to help horses across the globe and we look forward to seeing the bidding get underway.”

All the artists and designers involved in the Invisible Horse Trail donated their time and creativity free of charge. Money raised from the auction of the horse sculptures will help to support World Horse Welfare in improving the lives of horses in the UK and around the world.

The online auction closes on November 3 and these bids will be fed into a live auction (invite only) on November 4 at the BT Tower with auctioneer and racing presenter, Mike Cattermole. You can also submit a maximum bid to bid on your behalf. Top bidders will be notified on November 7 and delivery will be arranged at the bidder’s expense.

Visit the online auction site: http://www.invisiblehorseauction.com

 

HOYS success for Bo Diddly

A spotted British Miniature stallion, Spotlight Bo Diddly, owned by Roger Parsons and shown by his wife Alison, was crowned Miniature Horse of the Year Champion 2016 at recent the Horse of the Year Show.

This outstanding achievement topped that of 2015, when he finished second in his class to reach the final, delighting his owners, who live in Chichester area. Alison and Roger are amateur breeders of miniature horses and this was a well-deserved accolade for Spotlight Bo Diddly, coming at the end of a highly successful 2016 season.

Hoys Champion - Bo Diddly

Impressive Hoys Champion – Bo Diddly

He has had an impressive season, winning two qualifiers at County Shows and coming fourth three times. On top of that he also won at Hickstead in July. His successes meant that he was awarded the Tagg La Liga consistency prize given each year by HOYS for the miniature stallion with the most points in qualifying shows

His season began with a fourth place at Royal Windsor, followed by another fourth at Royal Three Counties. By July he was just warming up as he won his HOYS ticket and the championship at Kent County- followed by another win and championship at New Forest and Hampshire.

“Within days of this he was at Hickstead winning the Miniature Stallion Championship at the Royal International Horse Show. Through August he had a well earned break before coming out again for the BMHS Breed Championships in Somerset where he was crowned Grand Champion and qualified for Royal International 2017.

Alison recalled: “At the two qualifiers where he had done particularly well-Kent and New Forest- we had the support of family, with our son and daughter in law at Kent and two of my sisters and their husbands at New Forest. This was unusual as the family are not fans of showing, but they thought they would come along. When I knew my daughter would be coming to watch at HOYS it had to be a good omen.”

Throughout September preparations for HOYS went well and rumours that Bo Diddly was the hot favourite for the HOYS title this year reached Alison’s ears. The pressure was on. She has often found it helpful at times like these to take a leaf out of the professional athletes’ book and focus on what you can have an effect on and not worry about other things.

“This mantra helped a lot when it came to our class. I was focussed and Bo was ready, and we managed to pull it off,” she said.

Alison and Bo Diddly

Alison and Bo Diddly, Champions at HOYS

She added: “When our number was called out as the winner, the feeling was overwhelming. The lap of honour was like a whirl. The championship took place in the evening performance in the International Arena. At precisely 7.10pm, following a show jumping class, the miniatures were called into the arena entrance. As they had won the first class, for stallions, Bo Diddly led the six competitors, which were first and second placed animals in the three classes.”

Bo rose to the audience, pricked his ears and walked proudly round. When they were lined up, the judge had a last look, the music played and the champion for 2016 was announced. Alison could not believe it was their number being called, the crowd were cheering, the music playing as they went forward to collect a very special rug and rosette in front of a phalanx of photographers.

“The lap of honour went right round the huge arena and down the centre line all in the spotlights,  and we were waving to the crowd as we went. What a wonderful feeling it was. Bo and I just flew around the arena.”

Bo Diddly will now have a long break through the winter and will come back into work next April in preparation for Royal Windsor where he will be trying his best to qualify for 2017 so they can hopefully repeat the prestigious win.

New female jockeys race series

A NEW £100,000 race series for female jockeys at  Arena Racing Company’s racecourses, which include Lingfield Park locally, has been announced. It will be called  The Silk Series.This is a new initiative designed to provide female jockeys, both professional and amateur, with the opportunity to participate in races hosted at nine Ladies’ Days at ARC racecourses in 2017.

The prize fund for nine races making up The Silk Series will be a minimum of £100,000. The leading female jockey at the end of The Silk Series will be awarded ‘The Tufnell Trophy’ in memory of Meriel Tufnell MBE who was Great Britain’s first Female Champion Jockey in 1972, a feat she matched in 1973 along with also becoming European Female Champion Jockey.

Meriel Tufnell Photo courtesy of PA Images

Meriel Tufnell Photo courtesy of PA Images

In addition to her success on the racecourse she also founded the Lady Jockeys’ Association – the first such body in the world.

The first race will be hosted at Lingfield Park on Friday May 12 2017 with the final race held on Ladies Day of the St Leger meeting on Thursday September 14 2017.

As part of hosting The Silk Series ARC is excited to partner with Cancer Research UK to raise money for the charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

From the sale of each ticket sold for ARC’s 2017 Ladies Day series, 75 pence will be donated to the charity.  Cancer Research UK will have a presence at all nine Ladies’ Days fixtures with racegoers having the opportunity to engage with and support the charity.

The full list of racedays in 2017 is: Lingfield Park, Friday May 12; Chepstow, Friday July 14; Great Yarmouth, Wednesday July 19; Newcastle, Saturday July 29; Brighton, Thursday August 10; Wolverhampton, Friday August 18; Bath, Saturday August 26; Doncaster, Thursday September 14.

If there is a dead heat for first place the two horses will each receive 18 points (based on splitting the points available for first and second) and the third horse to cross the line will receive 12 points.

The Tufnell Trophy will be awarded to the jockey who wins the most points across the nine races. The presentation will take place on the afternoon of 14 September at Doncaster Racecourse.

ARC Group Director of Partnerships, David Leyden Dunbar said: “At ARC we pride ourselves on being creative and we are always seeking new ways to innovate and promote our sport. We believe the creation of The Silk Series will provide an excellent platform for the UK’s very best female jockeys to showcase their talents, while raising funds and awareness for Cancer Research UK. I’m delighted that our partnership is beginning with a commitment to ensure a donation from every ticket sold to our Ladies Days goes directly to the charity.”

Executive Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Cancer Research UK, Frances Milner said: “We are delighted that ARC has chosen to support Cancer Research UK through The Silk Series. It is a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness of our work and the money raised will help fund vital research into beating cancer.”

The partnership with Cancer Research UK is particularly poignant given Meriel Tufnell MBE died of cancer aged 53 in October 2002.

Wynne Tufnell, Meriel’s brother said: “Meriel would be delighted to know that her name and memory is to be linked with The Silk Series. She was a pioneer in everything she did and she would welcome the new opportunities this initiative provides for female jockeys. As her family we look forward to presenting the winning female jockey with The Tufnell Trophy next September.”

Professional Jockeys Association, Executive Director (Racing) Dale Gibson said: “The PJA welcomes this new series of races for female jockeys and in particular we hope it will provide additional opportunities for young female apprentices to showcase their riding abilities.”

Double for Brennan at Fontwell

Jockey Paddy Brennan was in top form at Fontwell Park’s well supported meeting yesterday when he rode a double. It started when he partnered Fergal Mael Duin to victory for trainer Colin Tizzard to win at 5-2 in the two mile five furlong Handicap Chase.

Jockey Paddy Brennan Photo John Simpson

Jockey Paddy Brennan
Photo John Simpson

He beat 14-1 shot Rothman, trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Jack Sherman, by just under three lengths- and both horses seem set to do well in the future.

He followed up with a 20-1 victory on trainer Fergal O’ Brien’s  Dont Tell Val, coming home just half a length clear in Division One of the National Hunt Flat race at the end of the meeting.

Local trainer Suzie Smith had an impressive newcomer in Division Two of this race.Based at Lewes, her runner  Bold Image won at 8-1. The five-year-old bay mare by Milan and out of Golden Bay is owned by Mrs Sue Addington-Smith and looks to have a bright future ahead of her.

Bold Image- a bright prospect for the future

Bold Image- a bright prospect for the future

The opening race, a novice hurdle, went to the Paul Nicholls trained  Movewiththetimes, at 6-4 with Barry Geraghty in the saddle. The duo came home two length clear of Azzerti, a 14-1 shot trained by Alan King and ridden by Wayne Hutchinson.

Both horses seem set to go on for better things and Azzerti should be winning soon.

Sussex jockey Leighton Aspell is in good form and rode his third winner of the week in the two miles one furlong novice hurdle-on board Emma Lavelle’s Parish Business at 14-1. This was at the expense of another Alan King runner,  4-1 shot Board of Trade, which was running on strongly in the closing stages but could not catch the winner.

Paul Nicholls was back in the winner’s spot in the  Beginners Chase when Sean Bowan brought home As De Mee to an eight length victory as 10-11 favourite. In this race Colin Tizzard had to settle for second place with Royal Vacation.

The next meeting at Fontwell Park is on Friday November 4 when the first race is at 1pm.