Moore, Moore, Moore - Gary going great guns at Fontwell Park
Racing returned to West Sussex as the first fixture of 2020 at Fontwell Park brought some nicely priced winners and a treble for Sussex trainer Gary Moore.
It was the first meeting since Boxing Day’s fixture was abandoned with two races to go - and on this occasion it was fortunate that Sunday’s heavy rain did not hit the area until later in the day.
It was the perfect start to the new year at Fontwell for regular supporters of the track, trainer Moore and Heart of the South Racing, as nine-year-old Ruby Yeats returned to hurdles with a bang under Joshua Moore – beating Fergal O’Brien Racing Partnership’s 5/2F Project Mars, by eight and a half lengths at 25/1.
Moore landed the second leg of a trainer’s treble in the MansionBet At Fontwell Park Handicap Chase, and this time it was Jamie Moore in the saddle, squeezing every inch out of 3/1 shot Chain Smoker to pass a fading Lickpenny Larry.
Gary Moore’s 400/1 treble was landed in the last as 11/4 chance Full Back repelled the challenge of 20/1-shot Rookie Trainer to bring up Joshua Moore’s double.
The gamble of the day saw Fenlons Court backed into 9/4 favourite from 8/1, but James Bowen were on hand to spoil the party as Robert Walford-trained Fu Fu got the better of his rival up the run-in to score at 12/1.
Beaufort West made it third time lucky for favourite-backers as the 30/100 shot made easy work of the Novices’ Hurdle, winning by five and a half lengths under leading conditional rider Jonjo O’Neill jnr. He turned out to be the only favourite to finish in front on the day.
Page Fuller was on hand in the MansionBet Faller Insurance Handicap Chase to gain retribution for her defeat in the second, getting the better of Chivers on the run for home, on board Brother Bennett to win at 14/1.
Amy Murphy and Jack Quinlan teamed up to win with Marlborough Sounds in the MansionBet Proud To Support British Racing Handicap Hurdle. The five-year-old jumped the last clear and powered up the hill to win by eight and a half lengths.
Next up at Fontwell is a winter afternoon of racing on Monday, February 3.