Cannon fires at Fontwell Park

Up-and-coming jockey Tom Cannon was the talk of Fontwell Park after ending their final meeting of the 2010-11 season with an impressive double for Hampshire trainer Chris Gordon.

First the 20-year-old eased home by nine lengths on 4/1 contender Princely Hero in the Bet This Summer With Handicap Steeple Chase.

Then 30 minutes later he carried the 4/5 favourite Sovereign Spirit to a solid victory in the Congratulations Betfred On Winning the tote Handicap, five lengths ahead of Keckerrockernixes.

It came just eight days after Cannon had steered Sovereign Spirit to a thrilling win at Fontwell over a 1/5 favourite Themanfromfraam.

Earlier in Fontwell’s final meeting before their summer break, Pulborough-based Leighton Aspell also notched a double.

His first success came on 3/1 second favourite Geneva Geyser, trained by Littlehampton’s Lady Herries, in the Southern Coaches’ Novices Hurdle. Then he followed up with an even-more impressive success on Oliver Sherwood’s 13/2 shot Parazar in the Win Fontwell Annual Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.

The other two races on the card went the way of runners tipped on this website on Thursday morning.

Barizan (Paul Moloney, 8-13 fav) took the opener, the 150% Bonus @ Beginners’ Steeple Chase for handler Evan Williams, while Orion Star was first home for Jimmy Derham after going off 15/8 favourite in the Choicebet You Won’t Beat The Value Handicap Steeple Chase.

Fontwell’s track now gets a rest ahead of Ladies’ Evening, which is on Thursday, August 18.