Nicholls seeks success on Fontwell's hunter-chase card

Paul Nicholls is among trainers seeking success as Fontwell Park switches its attention to hunter chase racing on Thursday evening.

Wednesday, 17th May 2017, 6:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 3:16 am
Paul Nicholls on a recent visit to Fontwell Park / Picture by Malcolm Wells

The track’s annual United Hunts-sponsored race card is a chance for race-goers to see horses and jockeys from the amateur scene step up to a bigger stage.

Hunter chases take place at National Hunt racecourses, but are only open to horses that have certificates issued proving they have hunted for at least four days in the season before racing starts in January.

Racing starts at 5.10pm with the HD Tribe Mares’ Open Hunters’ Chase and concludes at 8.20pm with the Westbourne Racing Club Maiden Hunters’ Chase for the Cuckoo Challenge Cup.

In total there are 41 declared runners – including the Nicholls-trained Mon Parrain, who goes in the United Hunts Champion Open Hunters’ Race at 7.15pm.

Meanwhile, Goodwood’s three-day May Festival begins next Thursday.

Our tips: 5.10 Frelia, 5.40 Don’t Do Mondays, 6.10 Crack of Thunder, 6.40 Brunswick Gold, 7.15 Mon Parrain, 7.50 Darwins Fox, 8.20 Letskeepit Simple.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking sports news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be among the first to know what’s going on.

1 Make this website your homepage

2 Like our Facebook page at

3 Follow us on Twitter @SportSussex

4 Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

Share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!