Competitive card at Fontwell races tomorrow

Competitive jump racing is promised at Fontwell Park tomorrow, Monday January 14, with all races well-subscribed.

The first race at 1.20pm is a handicap hurdle over two miles three furlongs with twelve runners.  In the opening two mile three furlong handicap hurdle, the field is headed by Not Never, a seven-year-old chestnut gelding trained by Gary Moore, and ridden by son Jamie.

Horsham trainer Gary Moore

Not Never has two previous wins to his credit at Plumpton early last year but was well beaten when he reappeared at Ascot in December, after a  very  long break -but will have come on since then .

Stablemate Master of Speed, to be  ridden by Joshua Moore, runs in the same Fontwell race. This seven-year-old has one win to his credit in 2016 at Kempton for Moore and had been off since then until a run at Kempton over Christmas.

Another stablemate Dancecraft, fourth last time out, runs in the second race, a Mares Maiden Hurdle, where opposition includes past winner Oriental Cross, trained  by Tim Vaughan and ridden by William Kennedy, which was third on his last outing.

Dan Skelton runs five-year-old So Lonely in the race, placed four times this season and ridden by Harry Skelton.

Harry Skelton with a past winner at Fontwell Park
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Eight runners contest the three miles two furlongs handicap chase. Caroline Fryer runs Midnight Bliss with Bryony Frost in the saddle. Midnight Bliss was pulled up last time out but has clocked up four good wins this season.

Meanwhile Invicta Lake, trained at Lewes by Suzy Smith, was fourth at Fontwell Park in early December and improved on  that, finishing third at Fontwell Park on Boxing Day.  The 12-year-old gelding seems better suited by Fontwell than other tighter tracks and could go on to do even better there.

The two mile three furlong maiden hurdle race has twelve runners and Carrick Roads, trained by Colin TIzzard and in-form jockey Harry Cobden could well win this race.

In the two mile three furlong handicap chase, trainer Lawney Hill travels triple winner Clondaw Westie from Oxfordshire to be ridden by Aidan Coleman. Her eight-year-old gelding was a dual Fontwell winner last season and clearly likes this track, and this trainer rarely goes away empty handed from here.

Trainer Chris Gordon and jockey Tom Cannon Photo: Jeannie Knight

The final race- over two miles 1½furlongs-could go to Sky Full of Stars, trained  by  Chris Gordon and ridden  by Tom Cannon. This nine-year-old gelding was second at Fontwell last time out and should improve on that.


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