FONTWELL Park’s latest jump meeting saw the Moore family back in good form, with trainer Gary Moore winning the opening handicap hurdle with Twenty Twenty, a lightly raced four-year-old, ridden by son Joshua Moore.
He beat the Emma Lavelle-trained favourite, Celtic Joy, sent off at 9-2, by just over a length.
A double followed when his other son, Jamie Moore, won the Maiden Hurdle over two miles two furlongs with 9-4 joint favourite Waikiki Waves, beating the other joint favourite New Millennium, trained by Phillip Hobbs and ridden by Richard Johnson, by just under three lengths.
Runners sent out at Fontwell or Plumpton by trainer Linda Jewell, who is based at Sutton Valence, Kent, can always be respected.
This raceday was no exception, for she saddled up an 18-1 surprise when Ullrightharry won the Handicap Chase of the day over three miles two furlongs, ridden by Brendan Powell. He beat 2-1 favourite Newtown Lad, trained by Michael Scudamore by just over three lengths.
In the maiden hurdle over two miles three furlongs, trainer Phillip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson combined for Le Ligerien’s first win over obstacles. Sent off as 2-11 favourite, Le Ligerien won by a comfortable 15 lengths and should go on to further victories.
Phillip Hobbs was another trainer in double form, for he also sent out 5-1 shot Victarion to win the two mile five furlong handicap hurdle of the day, ridden by Richard Johnson, by one-and-a-half lengths from Gary Moore’s runner, Deebaj.
Trainer Linda Jewell won the opening handicap chase over three miles two furlongs with seven-year-old gelding Uallrightharry, ridden by Brendan Powell.
The winning horse has been carefully brought on with three hurdle races before he was switched to chasing, where he clearly has a good future. He was fourth on his initial outing over fences last month and should go on to more successes over larger obstacles.
Somerset trainer Jack Barber was in winning form, sending out seven-year-old French bred Shintori to victory in the two mile three furlongs handicap chase, ridden by Nick Scholfield. He beat runner-up Truckers Tangle, trained by Alexandra Dunn, with Jamie Moore riding, by three quarters of a length.
A promising runner for the future was revealed in the National Hunt Flat Race at the end of the meeting. Only Money, a 6-1 shot trained by Chris Gordon and ridden by Tom Cannon beat Milkwood, trained by Neil Mulholland and ridden by Robert Dunne, by just under three lengths.
Milkwood put in a good performance, having had a wind operation recently, and should go on to reward connections in the future.
Fontwell Park’s next meeting is on Friday April 12 with an Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday when gates open at noon.