Fontwell Park’s latest meeting yesterday, held in bright sunshine, attracted a good crowd, with some competitive racing despite heavy ground.
The opening juvenile hurdle race was won well by evens favourite Night of Glory, trained by Andrew Baldwin, under a fine ride by Paddy Brennan. He said that despite all the rain, the ground at Fontwell was safe and not sloppy- just wet.
There should be plenty more to come from this impressive winner, which is by Sea The Stars and is owned by King Power Racing Co Ltd.
Trainer Colin Tizzard made the journey to Fontwell Park races from his Dorset base pay off when he sent out a double at the meeting. It was initiated when Bramble Brook, sent of at 9-5, scored a nine length victory in two mile two furlong handicap chase.
Ridden by Harry Cobden and owned by Brocade Racing, the eight-year-old gelding took the lead after a good jump at third fence from home and won comfortably by eight lengths at 9/5 in what was just a three-runner field.
Runner-up was 8-11 favourite Rothman, trained by Chris Gordon, which in turn was 35 lengths clear of the 13-2 priced third horse, Gore Island, trained by Gary Moore and ridden by Joshua Moore.
The second half of the double came when conditional jockey James Bowen took the final race of the day, the Intermediate National Hunt Flat Race for conditionals and amateurs, on board 3-1 shot Jaytrack Parkhomes.
The Novices’ Hurdle race over just under two miles two furlongs saw a fine win for Wantage trainer Mark Bradstock, when Nico de Boinville ensured his horse Jaisalmer made all for victory. He beat 4-9 favourite, Gary Moore’s horse Distingo, by just under four lengths.