One race meeting not to be missed is that which features the £80,000 National Spirit Hurdle race at Fontwell Park, this coming Sunday, February 24.
This race at Fontwell Park always attracts top class horses and is one of the historic races featured on the annual calendar.
This will be the 54th running of the popular race, which is named after the dual Champion Hurdle Winner National Spirit. The horse was a regular runner at Fontwell Park in the 1940’s.
Salmon Spray, a top class horse of his time, won the inaugural running of the race and went on to win the 1965, 1966 and 1967 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham and the 1964, 1967, and 1968 Schweppes Gold Trophy Hurdle.
Fontwell has been a good track for subsequent notable winners of the race, for Comedy of Errors went on to win the Champion Hurdle twice while in 2001 Baracouda won the race before going on to win two World Hurdle crowns for French trainer, Francois Doumen.
A similar feat was achieved by trainer Alan King in 2006 when he sent out My Way De Solzen to success in The National Spirit before lifting the World Hurdle crown the following month.
Lough Derg won back-to-back renewals of The National Spirit Hurdle for David Pipe in 2008 and 2009 while Paul Nicholls has won three of the last five renewals of this top class race with Celestial Halo in 2011, Prospect Wells in 2013 and Old Guard in 2018.
Also Vagador, trained at Coombelands Racing Stables by Guy Harwood won The National Spirit Hurdle twice- in 1988 and in 1990.
Sunday is a day of racing not to be missed at Fontwell Park.