Fontwell Course Guide

Located in West Sussex, Fontwell Park stages National Hunt racing all year round but the highlight of its calendar is the Grade2 National Spirit Handicap Hurdle in late February. The contest is named after National Spirit, a dual winner of the Champion Hurdle in the 1940s, who won five times at Fontwell Park during his illustrious career.

The race was initially run over two miles and two furlongs as a Champion Hurdle Trial, with dual Champion Hurdle hero Comedy of Errors amongst previous winners. It is now run over two miles and four furlongs as a handicap and the David Pipe-trained Lough Derg won the race in both 2008 and 2009. The National Spirit is seen as a World Hurdle Trial and in 2006 My Way De Solzen became the first winner of the National Spirit to go onto win the World Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Star stayer Baracouda also won both races, albeit in different campaigns.

Jumps Racing

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Left handed, sharp; the chase course is a figure of eight circuit, whilst the hurdles track is oval. The stiff finish is testing on heavy ground, races often developing from far out. The fences are easy but, given the nature of the track, course specialists abound. On the chase course, the lead rarely changes hands on the run in but often looks as though it might. The paddock exit is situated halfway up the run-in on the hurdles course and can lead to horses idling/ducking out on seeing it. On soft/heavy going the hurdles course favours those who race wide.

Having a figure-of-eight configuration on the chase track, Fontwell can suit quirky horses. I don’t know if that’s because it disorientates them, or simply keeps them interested, but it does seem to help a few ‘thinkers’. It puts a premium on jumping, too, and, if you’re on a novice that’s slick over the fences, you can get away from the others thanks to wasting little time in the air. If you are behind, though, but still within shouting distance of a faster one, the stiff finish gives you a chance to get back up.

View from the saddle: Mick FitzgeraldMick Fitzgerald

Advance Going

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Replays & Results

13:40 Royal British Legion Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (3m 1f 166y)
Magenta, green cap (Beautiful People)
  • Winner: Beautiful People
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: R T Phillips
  • Owner: Beautiful People

14:15 Royal British Legion Sussex County Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)

(Class 4) (2m 3f 104y)
Dark blue and white check, white sleeves, dark blue stars, white cap, dark blue star (Mr Nigel M Davies)
  • Winner: Vivas
  • Jockey: J J Burke
  • Trainer: C E Longsdon
  • Owner: Mr Nigel M Davies

14:50 Marstons Kaltenberg Handicap Hurdle

(Class 2) (2m 3f 49y)
Red, black armlets (Mr Robert Kirkland)
  • Winner: Haul Away
  • Jockey: Nico de Boinville
  • Trainer: N J Henderson
  • Owner: Mr Robert Kirkland

15:20 A D Mechanical Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 1f 165y)
Royal blue, brown sleeves and cap (Mrs Frank Caudwell)
  • Winner: Oliver's Hill
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman
  • Trainer: Mrs Lawney Hill
  • Owner: Mrs Frank Caudwell

15:55 Royal British Legion 'Thank You' Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 3f 49y)
Light blue, large royal blue spots, royal blue cap, light blue spots (Mr Richard & Mrs Carol Cheshire)
  • Winner: Commanche Red
  • Jockey: Tom Cannon
  • Trainer: C Gordon
  • Owner: Mr Richard & Mrs Carol Cheshire

16:30 NetBet Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 5f 135y)
Red, black epaulets, red sleeves, grey armlets, white cap (The Folly Partnership)
  • Winner: Between The Waters
  • Jockey: Page Fuller
  • Trainer: Jamie Snowden
  • Owner: The Folly Partnership

17:05 Lest We Forget Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m 1f 162y)
Brown, yellow disc, striped sleeves, hooped cap (Mrs Catherine Penny)
  • Winner: Earth Moor
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: P J Hobbs
  • Owner: Mrs Catherine Penny
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West Sussex
BN18 0SX
01243 543335
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