Bredon Hill Lad ridden by Lucy Gardner won the opening race at Fontwell Park yesterday by 15 lengths on heavy ground. Trained by Sue Gardner, and sent off at 5-2, the 12-year-old appeared to relish the going and was a well-justified favourite.
Bredon Hill Lad (right) on the way to winning the opening race at Fontwell
Photo: Fontwell Racecourse
In second place was 13-2 shot Yourholidayisover , trained by Lady Susan Brooke and ridden by Lucy Brooke, with third place going to Edgar (11-4) ridden by Mitchell Bastyan.
Captain Tommy, a five-year-old trained by Harry Whittington justified evens favourite spot when winning the Maiden Hurdle over two miles one furlong in good style under jockey Gavin Sheehan.
The winning margin was 16 lengths from Uncle O, trained by Clare Hobson at Royston, and ridden by Jeremiah McGrath. Sprincombe Joe, trainer by Bill Turner and ridden by was 64 lengths further back in third place, ridden by 7lb claimer Mr Ryan Withey. Five ran.
Conditional jockey Stan Sheppard impressed when bringing home 5-2 shot Acaro, trained by Robert Walford, to win the two mile three furlong handicap hurdle. Marmont, trained and owned by Jo Davis, who is based in Berkshire by 12 lengths. The Lucy Wadham trained 8-13 favourite could only finish third.
Acaro and Stan Sheppard on the way to victory in the two mile three furlong handicap hurdle. Photo courtesy of Fontwell Park.
The novice hurdle over two miles five furlongs turned out to be a match, with only two runners. Even so it was a good contest with 4/11 favourite Urca De Lima ridden by Aidan Coleman for trainer Anthony Honeyball beating David Bridgwater’s Little Rich, sent off at 9-4 by just over a length.
Wiltshire trainer Milton Harris won the two mile three furlongs handicap chase with 7-5 favourite Away For Slates, ridden by Kevin Jones, and the final race, a national hunt flat race was won by 7-2 shot Eglantier, trained by Mark Bradstock and ridden by Nico De Boinville.
The next meeting at Fontwell Park is on Sunday March 16 with a St Patrick’s Raceday.