Fontwell Park double bill is all about hearts and hunters

Action from Fontwell Park's Abba race night - they race again at Fontwell on May 15 and 16  Picture by Chris Hatton
Action from Fontwell Park's Abba race night - they race again at Fontwell on May 15 and 16 Picture by Chris Hatton
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Fontwell Park will be raising money for the British Heart Foundation at its racing fixture next Wednesday (May 15) as part of the Mending Broken Hearts charity appeal.

Now in its third year at Fontwell Park, activities include a charity lunch for 150 people on the 888sport Premier Grandstand, a raffle and collections throughout the day.

Mending Broken Hearts is the British Heart Foundation’s most ambitious appeal, at a critical stage in the UK’s fight against Heart failure.

One supporter of the charity raceday at Fontwell Park is Ian Gibbens, the owner of Pagham Bookmakers Crown Racing.

Ian said: “Having had a heart attack in 2011, I know first-hand that heart disease can touch us all. The raceday at Fontwell Park will help the British Heart Foundation to raise an additional £50million to fund ground-breaking research that will give hope to millions of people.”

The British Heart Foundation Charity Raceday forms the first of a new two-day fixture at Fontwell Park. The second day, on Thursday, is the Hunter Chase Racenight, a fixture previously held at Folkestone Racecourse, transferred to Fontwell after the Kent track temporarily shut its gates in 2012.

Hunter Chase fixtures are open only to thoroughbred horses that have hunted for at least four days in the season before racing starts in January, and must be ridden by amateur jockeys.

General manager Tracy Skinner said: “I’m really excited about this new fixture to Fontwell Park celebrating the true nature of National Hunt racing. We’re expecting a good crowd to watch what should be a great evening.”

For more information, please visit www.fontwellpark.co.uk