Fontwell’s competitive Sunday meeting Posted on January 28, 2019 by Jeannie Knight Despite blustery conditions, with a strong wind across the track, Fontwell Park’s Sunday meeting saw a good crowd enjoy competitive jump racing.With trainer Nicky Henderson in fine form, it was no surprise to see his runner Dream Du Grand Val win the opening race, a two mile handicap hurdle, which was a qualifier for the Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final. Owners with winner Dream Du Grand Val, trained by Nick Henderson and ridden to victory by Nico de Boinville Photo: Fontwell Park Racing In the capable hands of Nico de Boinville, this six-year-old, owned by the Million In Mind Partnership, won comfortably by ten lengths from the Seamus Mullins- trained Arthington, sent off at 7-2 with claimer Kevin Jones on board. Darcy Ward, trained by Jack R Barber at Crewkerne, put in a good effort under Nick Scholfield to take third place. It was a tight victory for Greaneteen, the 4-7 favourite trained by Paul Nicholls in the Novices’ Hurdle Race over two miles one furlong. The five-year-old gelding owned by Chris Giles won by just a neck from On The Slopes, trained in Hampshire by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon. The Flying Sofa at 5-1, trained by Gary Moore, with son Jamie,in the saddle finished 14 lengths further back in third place. There was quick compensation for the Chris Gordon and Tom Cannon combination, for they were in the winner’s spot with Sky Full of Stars, owned by Gilbert and Gamble, following a three quarters of a length victory in the two miles two furlongs handicap chase. Winner Sky Full of Stars with jockey Tom Cannon Photo: Fontwell Park The victory came at the expense of 6-1 shot Glance Back, trained by Emma-Jane Bishop and ridden by Jamie Bargary. This eight-year-old gelding put in a good effort, just failing to get up in the run-in, but could go on to do better. Two more favourites won when Richard Johnson rode 4-5 favourite Umdeni for trainer Philip Hobbs, to win the two mile three furlong race by five lengths from the Paul Nicholls runner, Bird Of Prey. The second was when Sartorial Elegance trained by Colin Tizzard with Harry Cobden up beat the Jack Barber-trained Redmond by four lengths to win the two mile five furlongs handicap chase. Winner Sheilas Fancy and Jamie Moore coming into winning enclosure Photo: Courtesy Fontwell Park Epsom trainer Michael Attwater sprang a surprise in the handicap hurdle over two miles five furlongs when he sent out 33-1 shot Emma’s Fancy ridden by Jamie Moore to win by seven lengths from Tigeralley, trained by Dan Skelton. The next race day at Fontwell Park will be on Thursday February 14, while the National Spirit Hurdle will be the feature race at Fontwell’s meeting in Sunday March 24. Sunday 24.