Thousands enjoy Fontwell’s family fun

Aidan Coleman notched a double at Fontwell
Aidan Coleman notched a double at Fontwell

A HUGE crowd packed into Fontwell Park for one of their biggest fixtures of the year – their May bank holiday family race day.

The weather was kind as the sun came out and the rain stayed away – which is the least Fontwell officials deserve after suffering a wet start to 2014.

On the track, Sunday’s racing ended with wins for two horses tipped at

First the favourite Neverownup (4/6) won the Sussex Snowdrop ‘Love, Support, Hope, Care’ Handicap Chase under tom O’Brien for Richard Newland, then Light Entertainment took the Sussex Snowdrop Trust ‘Care At Home’ Handicap Hurdle at 5/1 for the deadly Fontwell duo of Tom Cannon and Chris Gordon.

Earlier, Victor Dartnall breathed a sigh of relief after Seebright bounded to victory in the Knight Fencing Ltd Supports Sussex Snowdrop Handicap Chase.

The Devon trainer had been concerned at pitching his seven-year-old son of Milan in against older horses on only his fourth start over fences. However, he need not have worried as his charge rose to the challenge brilliantly – staying on well to beat Imperial Circus by a length and claim victory at 5/1.

That was the second leg of a double for jockey Aidan Coleman, who had just guided the Venetia Williams-trained Cloudy Beach (5/4 favourite) to victory in the Omni Brokers Supports Sussex Snowdrop Trust Maiden Hurdle.

The card kicked off with a 15/2 victory for Urcalin in the two-and-three-quarter-mile Spirit FM Supports Sussex Snowdrop Trust Handicap Hurdle. Sussex rider Josh Moore was on board for Victor Arbuthnot.

Popaflora (Harry Skelton / Dan Skelton) justified 13/8-favouritism in the Sussex Hardwood, RWP Group & MarchwoodIFA Handicap Chase.

Conor O’Farrell steered Street Entertainer to glory in the Beaver Tool Hire Supports Sussex Snowdrop Handicap Hurdle at 5/1, giving David Pipe an addition to his long list of Fontwell successes.

See the Observer - out on Thursday - for reaction and pictures from all the weekend’s racing at Fontwell and Goodwood.