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.

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Replays & Results

13:40 Fair Trade Practice Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 1f 162y)
Red, white cross belts, white sleeves, black stars, red cap, white star (Broadsword Group Ltd)
  • Winner: Mellow Ben
  • Jockey: Tom Cannon
  • Trainer: C Gordon
  • Owner: Broadsword Group Ltd

14:15 Millstone Landscapes 'Experts In Commercial Landscaping' Novices' Chase

(Class 4) (3m 1f 210y)
Royal blue, pink hoops, armlets and cap (Mrs Johnny De La Hey)
  • Winner: Favorito Buck's
  • Jockey: Bryony Frost
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls
  • Owner: Mrs Johnny De La Hey

14:50 Sussex Manures Equine Race Solutions 'Puckamuck' Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 5f 164y)
Emerald green and red diabolo, white sleeves, emerald green diamonds, white cap, red diamond (Million in Mind Partnership)
  • Winner: Canelo
  • Jockey: Tom Cannon
  • Trainer: A King
  • Owner: Million in Mind Partnership

15:25 Neil Madgwick Memorial Sponsored By Pauly&Warren Handicap Chase

(Class 3) (2m 5f 135y)
Purple, pink seams and sleeves, black cap (The Winning Hand)
  • Winner: Antony
  • Jockey: J E Moore
  • Trainer: G L Moore
  • Owner: The Winning Hand

15:55 Gliaubertas Family Handicap Hurdle (Div 1)

(Class 5) (2m 5f 164y)
Pink and purple diamonds, pink sleeves, purple stars, purple cap (Mr Tony Betteridge)
  • Winner: Mab Dab
  • Jockey: Tom Cannon
  • Trainer: Mrs L C Jewell
  • Owner: Mr Tony Betteridge

16:25 Gliaubertas Family Handicap Hurdle (Div 2)

(Class 5) (2m 5f 164y)
Yellow, purple diamond, diamonds on sleeves, yellow cap, purple diamond (Mr R J Matthews)
  • Winner: Soulsaver
  • Jockey: Aidan Coleman
  • Trainer: A J Honeyball
  • Owner: Mr R J Matthews

16:55 GMS Fire Protection Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 1f 165y)
White, black chevron, black and white striped sleeves, white cap, black diamonds (Mrs Bettine Evans)
  • Winner: Skint
  • Jockey: R T Dunne
  • Trainer: M Scudamore
  • Owner: Mrs Bettine Evans

17:30 Purchasing Support Services Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (1m 5f 159y)
Pink and black check, pink sleeves, pink cap, black star (Allison, Allison, Williams)
  • Winner: Kalinihta
  • Jockey: Thomas Garner
  • Trainer: Noel Williams
  • Owner: Allison, Allison, Williams
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