Fontwell looks ahead to new jumps season

The jumps season takes place between May and April each year,  and Fontwell  Park can look back on an excellent season of  National Hunt racing, with a season which started on May 5 in 2017 and finished on April 20.

Throughout the season jockey Noel Fehily and trainer Neil Mulholland have been in consistent form since their victory at the Big Bank Holiday Family Fun Day with The Wicket Chicken.

Noel Fehily went into the final  fixture with a very comfortable lead  for the Fontwell Jockey’s title with 13 wins ahead of the 2016/17 champion Jamie Moore in second place with nine victories.

Jockey Noel Fehily

Neil Mulholland went into the day with a comfortable lead in the trainer’s championships. Behind Neil, with three fewer victories, were trainers Paul Nicholls, Colin Tizzard and Gary Moore  all sitting on eight wins this season.

Paul has been known to send multiple winners at Fontwell, most notably at the 2018 National Spirit Hurdle where he was granted a quadruple which included Old Guard in the feature race of the year. Two of the eight winners for the Ditcheat trainer came from one of the most popular horses in training at the moment, Black Corton.

Colin Tizzard tasted his first victory of the season at Fontwell  on June 6 with Tempestatefloresco, which followed up with a second win in the Listed Marston’s Pedigree Summer Cup at Fontwell’s sister racecourse, Uttoxeter.

The opening day of Fontwell’s Oktoberfest meeting saw the Milbourne Port trainer excel with a double as Wizards Bridge and Buckhorn Timothy crossed the line first.

It took longer than anticipated for the 2016/17 leading trainer Gary Moore to find his first winner of the season. This eventually happened in September when Lord E, ridden by son Jamie, gave the Moore family that first victory.

Jamie Moore and Sussex Ranger following their win at Fontwell Park. Photo: Jeannie Knight

This was followed up at the next meeting when the talented Sussex Ranger took the win tally to two. Since then, Sussex Ranger has fulfilled his potential with success at Sandown and was later runner up in a Grade 1 contest at Chepstow Racecourse.

It was a memorable jumps season at Fontwell Park, and the finale was on April 20. There is only a short  break until the new season starts on May 9 with an evening of racing.

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