5,000 flock to Fontwell for family raceday

Fontwell served up some excellent contests     Picture by Clive Bennett
Fontwell served up some excellent contests Picture by Clive Bennett

FONTWELL has enjoyed some terrific days of racing this year – and Sunday was the latest as more than 5,000 streamed through the gates for the tracks family raceday.

With eight races and a wide range of free kids’ entertainment, it was no surprise to see such large numbers take advantage of a sunny afternoon.

On the track, trainer Richard Newland was celebrating a Fontwell double as Vosne Romanee and Gran Maestro hit the target at the track’s big family race day.

The former, sent off the 11/10 favourite under Sam Twiston-Davies, completed a second successive victory over timber in the Butlins Great Days Out Juvenile Hurdle.

Twiston-Davies then jumped aboard Gran Maestro to score an 11/4 victory in the Regis Removals Supporting ‘Love Your Hospital’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Trainer Newland was delighted by the double – making his trip from Claines in Worcestershire to West Sussex well worth it.

He said: “Vosne Romanee is looking very consistent and jumps well. We will go to Market Rasen for a valuable juvenile race at the end of September.

“Whether he will be up to that grade I don’t know, but it will tell us where he is in the pecking order.

“It was a nice performance from Gran Maestro, too, so it was well worth the trip.

“He’s done a lot of flat racing and is a very well-bred animal. He has schooled well at home.”

Elsewhere, another trainer celebrating a double was Jeremy Scott. Ladfromhighworth, who went to post the 11/8 favourite, won the Free Tips At raceclear.co.uk Handicap Chase under Nick Scholfield.

Decimus then completed the double in the penultimate race – the raceclear.co.uk Making Bookies Tremble Handicap Chase – at the same price.

Tony McCoy steered 5/1 shot Marju’s Quest to glory in the PRN Nursing/Homecare Supporting Canine Partners Handicap Hurdle.

Leighton Aspell and Try Catch Me won the Home&Dry Supporting Chichester Hospital Radio Handicap Chase at 9/2, while Victor Dartnall saddled Jewellery to glory in the Alison Livingston Memorial Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at 11/4.

The bumper was won by Fountains Blossom – trained by Anthony Honeyball and ridden by Rachael Green – at 4/1.

If you followed the tips given on this website, you will have had a good day.

We found three winners – Vosne Romanee, Marju’s Quest and Decimus – plus three runners-up.

Fontwell’s next racing is on Friday, October 3.