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

14:00 Netbet Sport Mares' Handicap Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 5f 164y)
Black and light blue diamonds, light blue cap (Mr P E Atkinson)
  • Winner: Vivant
  • Jockey: R Johnson
  • Trainer: Tom Lacey
  • Owner: Mr P E Atkinson

14:30 Happy 60th Birthday Geoff Yates Juvenile Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 1f 162y)
Light blue, maroon chevron and sleeves, white cap (Mark Albon And Gary Moore)
  • Winner: Twenty Twenty
  • Jockey: J E Moore
  • Trainer: G L Moore
  • Owner: Mark Albon And Gary Moore

15:05 Handicap Chase

(Class 4) (2m 1f 165y)
Red, emerald green disc, emerald green sleeves, red stars (Masterson Holdings Limited)
  • Winner: Winner Massagot
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Masterson Holdings Limited

15:35 Reta And Michaels 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Handicap Hurdle

(Class 3) (2m 3f 49y)
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

16:10 Netbet Best Odds Guaranteed Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 1f 162y)
Dark blue, grey chevron (Bgc Racing Six Pack)
  • Winner: Weightfordave
  • Jockey: Harry Skelton
  • Trainer: D Skelton
  • Owner: Bgc Racing Six Pack

16:40 S2T Group - Perfo Ground Reinforcement Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 5f 135y)
Red, white star, white sleeves, light green stars, white cap, light green star (Mr N A Eggleton)
  • Winner: Hardtorock
  • Jockey: Page Fuller
  • Trainer: J W Mullins
  • Owner: Mr N A Eggleton

17:10 NetBet Boosts Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 5) (2m 1f 162y)
Dark blue, emerald green cross of lorraine and armlets, white cap (Mr Charlie Longsdon)
  • Winner: Cardigan Bay
  • Jockey: J J Burke
  • Trainer: C E Longsdon
  • Owner: Mr Charlie Longsdon
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West Sussex
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01243 543335
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