HORSHAM trainer Gary Moore was back in fine form at Fontwell Park’s Boxing Day meeting yesterday, when he saddled up a double, with both horses ridden by son Jamie.
It was triggered when Chivers, sent off 4-5 favourite, won the two mile two furlong handicap chase in convincing style by 15 lengths from Sky Full Of Stars, trained by Chris Gordon, with Invicta Lake, trained by Suzy Smith, a further 11 lengths back in third place.
Chivers had shown little over hurdles, but his clearly has a decent future over fences, with the runner-up being a previous winner over the larger obstacles.
The double was completed for the Moore family, when previous Fontwell Park winner, Sussex Ranger, sent off 7-2 favourite, won the Southern Cranes and Training Division Handicap Hurdle over two miles one furlong
Sussex Ranger won comfortably by more than four lengths from 5-1 shot Monday Club, trained by Dominic Ffrench Davis, ridden by conditional jockey Alan Doyle.
The opening novices hurdle race saw a good win for newcomer On The Slopes, a four-year-old gelding owned by Skill Scaffolding Ltd, ridden to victory by Tom Cannon. The win came at the expense of previous hurdles winner Sky Full of Stars, trained by Jamie Snowden and owned by Mrs Carolyn Kendrick.
There was a good double on the day for amateur rider Rex Dingle, who gave Burgess Dream an excellent ride to win the handicap chase over three miles two furlongs for East Sussex trained Anna Newton- Smith. This talented rider previously won the opening handicap hurdle at the meeting with evens favourite Bonza Girl for trainer Jeremy Scott.
Hier Encore made a winning return to racing at the meeting following a gap after previously being trained at Pulborough by David Menuisier. Entered in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle, he was partnered to victory in the capable hands of claimer Harry Teal
The six-year-old gelding is now trained by Nigel Dunger at Pulborough. He unfortunately fell on his first outing for Nigel at the previous Fontwell meeting at the first obstacle, after being seriously hampered by another horse.
But there were no mistakes this time and he went on to win by a decisive 10 lengths under Harry Teal There should be more to come.