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

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Replays & Results

13:50 Liberty Leasing Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (2m 5f 139y)
Royal blue and white (quartered), white sleeves, royal blue armlets, hooped cap (Mr Sean Conroy)
  • Winner: Harangue
  • Jockey: L P Aspell
  • Trainer: Peter Fahey
  • Owner: Mr Sean Conroy

14:20 Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 1f 96y)
Pink, black braces, white and black striped sleeves, black and pink hooped cap (Mrs Lynne Webb)
  • Winner: Purple 'n Gold
  • Jockey: David Noonan
  • Trainer: D Pipe
  • Owner: Mrs Lynne Webb

14:55 Complete Business Solutions Integrated Business Services Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 3f 33y)
Pink, royal blue stars, pink sleeves, white cap (Ms Bernadette Leigh)
  • Winner: Benny In Milan
  • Jockey: T J O'Brien
  • Trainer: Peter Fahey
  • Owner: Ms Bernadette Leigh

15:30 Shoreham Port Handicap Chase (For The Alan Arnell Memorial Trophy)

(Class 4) (3m 1f 106y)
Black, white star, red sleeves, black stars, black cap, red star (Cwb Plus 2 Partnership)
  • Winner: Fort Gabriel
  • Jockey: Daniel Hiskett
  • Trainer: D G Bridgwater
  • Owner: Cwb Plus 2 Partnership

16:05 Liberty Leasing Asset Finance Mares' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 1f 145y)
Royal blue, emerald green epaulets, halved sleeves, royal blue cap, emerald green diamond (Mrs A D Bourne)
  • Winner: Ginger Fizz
  • Jockey: D A Jacob
  • Trainer: B I Case
  • Owner: Mrs A D Bourne

16:40 Liberty Leasing SME Finance Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 5f 31y)
Brown, white chevrons, brown sleeves, white cap (The Bear Necessities)
  • Winner: Brown Bear
  • Jockey: L P Aspell
  • Trainer: N J Gifford
  • Owner: The Bear Necessities

17:10 Liberty Leasing Prestige Car Finance Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 3f 33y)
Yellow, black chevron, check cap (Mr Terry Warner)
  • Winner: Norab
  • Jockey: Robert Williams
  • Trainer: B J Llewellyn
  • Owner: Mr Terry Warner
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West Sussex
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01243 543335
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