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

13:55 A D Mechanical Handicap Hurdle

(Class 5) (3m 1f 166y)
Red and white stripes, checked sleeves (Mr Tom Segrue)
  • Winner: Ilewindelilah
  • Jockey: J E Moore
  • Trainer: C J Mann
  • Owner: Mr Tom Segrue

14:30 Chancellor Of The Formchecker Chase (Novices' Limited Handicap)

(Class 4) (2m 3f 104y)
Maroon, white hoop, maroon sleeves, black armlets, black cap, white diamond (Mr Jim Furlong)
  • Winner: Accord
  • Jockey: T Scudamore
  • Trainer: D G Bridgwater
  • Owner: Mr Jim Furlong

15:05 Winner Group Handicap Hurdle

(Class 2) (2m 3f 49y)
Red, black chevron, armlets and cap (Andy & Sharon Measham)
  • Winner: Dashing Oscar
  • Jockey: N D Fehily
  • Trainer: Harry Fry
  • Owner: Andy & Sharon Measham

15:40 Southern Cranes And Access Ltd 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

16:15 Marston's Kaltenberg Novices' Hurdle

(Class 4) (2m 3f 49y)
Light blue, purple star and star on cap (McNeill Family And Prodec Networks Ltd)
  • Winner: Chosen Path
  • Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson
  • Trainer: A King
  • Owner: McNeill Family And Prodec Networks Ltd

16:50 Racebets 'Money-Back Second' Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase

(Class 5) (2m 5f 135y)
Light blue, orange disc, light green sleeves and cap (Feasibility Limited)
  • Winner: Orchestrated
  • Jockey: Callum McKinnes
  • Trainer: D G Bridgwater
  • Owner: Feasibility Limited

17:20 Kit Walker-New Single Mr Wright Standard Open NH Flat Race

(Class 6) (2m 1f 162y)
Light blue, white diamond, white cap, light blue diamond (Nash, Webb & The 10 Percenters)
  • Winner: Court Liability
  • Jockey: Harry Bannister
  • Trainer: H Whittington
  • Owner: Nash, Webb & The 10 Percenters
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