Fontwell: Nicholls’ National Spirit Hurdle winner is a fine Prospect

Prospect Wells may be Aintree-bound after winning the £50,000 totepool National Spirit Hurdle - Fontwell Park’s richest race of the year.

The Paul Nicholls-trained eight-year-old, who went off at 3/1, pulled clear of his rivals right after the final flight to take the Grade Two two-and-a-half-mile contest by seven lengths from Meister Eckhart.

The winner’s two stablemates, 7/4 favourite Dark Lover and Brampour, were third and fourth in a six-horse field.

Nicholls said Prospect Wells - one of four winners at the All About the Horse Raceday tipped for victory on this website on Saturday night - could bypass Cheltenham, where he holds entries in the Coral Cup, County Hurdle and Ladbrokes World Hurdle, and run instead at Aintree’s Grand National meeting.

Our tipster’s four successes were the first four on the card.

The seasoned pairing of Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs teamed up to take the toteplacepot At Novices’ Hurdle with 9/4 chance Uncle Jimmy, before Noel Fehily guided Shoegazer first home in the Josh Gifford Memorial Novices’ Chase for trainer David Pipe.

The Gifford family were central characters for the day. As legendary jockey and trainer Josh was remembered by race-goers, his daughter Tina Cook was on hand to talke about her eventing success at last year’s Olympics.

Our other winning tip came in the totequadpot At Handicap Chase, won by Time To Think, a 4/1 shot ridden by Andrew Thornton for Seamus Mullins.

Click here to read how we tipped four out of the seven winners.

Trainer Sally Duckett saw 11/10 favourite Radetsky March take the toteexacta Foxhunter Trial Hunters’ Chase.

Conor Ring rode the Evan Williams-trained 10/1 contender Lava Lamp to victory in the Bet totetrifecta At Handicap Hurdle (The Sunday £5K Bonus Race).

The last, the Follow totepool On Facebook And Twitter Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race, went to Unowhatimeanharry, ridden by Chris Davies and trained by Helen Nelmes.

Away from the track, a decent-sized crowd were kept entertained by a wide variety of sideshows devoted to the racehorse, including a chance to get up close and personal with one, and a farrier demonstration.

We’ll have reaction to Fontwell’s big day, plus pictures of the action, in the Observer - out on Thursday.