Mulholland and Woods notch Fontwell doubles

Action at Fontwell Park / Picture: Getty Images
Action at Fontwell Park / Picture: Getty Images

Neil Mulholland and Kielan Woods both landed doubles as Fontwell Park hosted a seven-race evening National-Hunt card.

Woods got off to a winning start in the Visit Handicap Hurdle on board the Alex Hales-trained Magical Stardust, who scored by 1¼ lengths, at 7/1.

Martin Keighley trained the winner of the Intandem 2019 Handicap Chase in the form of 11/4-shot Primogeniture. Leighton Aspell rode the 4 ½-length winner.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson sealed victory for Richard Phillips in the three-mile-plus Maureen Lacey belated 80th Birthday Handicap Hurdle, his mount Beautiful people winning by a comfortable 11 lengths at 13/2.

The Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Chase, another three-miler, brought Woods his double as Ben Case’s Kings Temptation became the only favourite to win on the card, by 12 lengths at odds of 8/11.

The Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Novices’ Hurdle was won by the outsider of the field-of-three, 16/1 Fr Humphrey. Johnson was denied a double by a neck as Mulholland brought up his first thanks to a good ride by James Best.

Mulholland’s quickfire double was in the bag when another outsider upset a long odds-on favourite as 20/1-shot Carolines Charm was steered to a single-length victory by Sam Twiston-Davies, in Novices’ Chase.

Oliver Sherwood’s Working Class was the final horse to upset favourite backers, in The Sky Sports Racing Sky 415 Handicap Hurdle, which went to jockey Harrison Berwick at odds of 8/1.

Next up at the West Sussex track is Dino Discovery Family Fun Day – on Sunday, September 8. Meanwhile Goodwood stages an afternoon card next Tuesday (Sep 3).