DORSET trainer Anthony Honeyball stole the show at Fontwell Park’s Southern National meeting yesterday. Not only did he win the Southern National Race, but he had two other winners at the meeting.
In the Southern National, jockey Sean Bowen was on board Honeyball’s 7-1 shot Cresswell Breeze, taking the lead two from home and staying on well to win by three and a half lengths.
The victory was at the expense of the David Dennis-trained Cyclop, ridden by Leighton Aspell.
That combination looked likely winners three from home, and were thereabouts at the last but could not match the finishing speed of the winner.
Honeyball’s other winners were both ridden by David Noonan, who secured his own double for the day, with Jukebox Jive, 4-5 favourite, winning the Juvenile Hurdle by three-and–half lengths .
Then Noonan brought home Soulsaver, 4-1 joint favourite, to win the handicap hurdle over two miles three furlongs from Sixties Idol, trained at Lewes by Sheena West.
Trainer Ben Pauling also notched up a double when he saddled up Markov at 8-1 under a good ride from Tom Bellamy to take the John Rogerson Memorial Chase.
He then followed up with a victory from Raven’s Tower, ridden by James Banks, at 6-1 in the Salmon Spray Hurdle race, beating 20-1 shot Lettheriverrundry, trained by Brenden Powell by just under two lengths.
Wells Gold at 3-1 won the opening Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles five furlongs under Alain Cawley for trainer Fergal O’ Brien, beating 8-1 shot Quiz Master by half a length with 5-4 favourite Cheque En Blanc in third place.
The next meeting at Fontwell Park is a festive raceday on Monday December 11. For more information see www.fontwellpark.co.uk