Gates are open at Fontwell Park racecourse for an excellent Boxing Day programme of jump racing at this popular Sussex track, where the first race is at at 12.10pm.
The Southern Cranes and Access Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle opens a good card- and has attracted nine runners, headed by likely favourite Oskar Denarius trained by Jennifer Mason with Ben Hicks in the saddle.
Local trainer Nick Gifford has his string in fine form at present and sends out Alka Step with Conor Ring in the saddle, while Gary Moore’s Yuokon Delta, at 16-1 is ridden by William Clarke.
The juvenile hurdle has only four runners but Oxford Blu,trained by Olly Murphy and ridden by Ian Popham seems to be the one to beat-and is likely to be odds-on.
The two miles one furlong novice hurdle will be more of a competitive affair, but is headed by dual winner this season, Highway One O One, trained by Chris Gordon, which is a useful performer and likely to make this three wins on the trot.
The two mile one furlong handicap chase could see Nick Gifford’s Brown Bear gaining a victory over course winner Bredon Hill Lad, trained by Sue Gardner.
This classy horse won in fine style at Ascot in September and if he handles the Fontwell track as well as he did Ascot, he has the class to take this in front of his local owners’ group.
Trainer Gary Moore and son Jamie ought to take the spoils in the
handicap hurdle with Knocknanuss.
Like Sully, trained by Richard Rowe at nearby Sullington has been running into form recently, and has the assistance of Leighton Aspell in the saddle here, helping to compensate for top weight.
He would be a popular local winner if able to overturn favourite and triple winner,Silent Man sent out by trainer Tom Weston with Sean Bowen up.