5,000 flock to Fontwell for family raceday

Fontwell served up some excellent contests     Picture by Clive Bennett
Fontwell served up some excellent contests Picture by Clive Bennett
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FONTWELL has enjoyed some terrific days of racing this year – and Sunday was the latest as more than 5,000 streamed through the gates for the tracks family raceday.

With eight races and a wide range of free kids’ entertainment, it was no surprise to see such large numbers take advantage of a sunny afternoon.

On the track, trainer Richard Newland was celebrating a Fontwell double as Vosne Romanee and Gran Maestro hit the target at the track’s big family race day.

The former, sent off the 11/10 favourite under Sam Twiston-Davies, completed a second successive victory over timber in the Butlins Great Days Out Juvenile Hurdle.

Twiston-Davies then jumped aboard Gran Maestro to score an 11/4 victory in the Regis Removals Supporting ‘Love Your Hospital’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Trainer Newland was delighted by the double – making his trip from Claines in Worcestershire to West Sussex well worth it.

He said: “Vosne Romanee is looking very consistent and jumps well. We will go to Market Rasen for a valuable juvenile race at the end of September.

“Whether he will be up to that grade I don’t know, but it will tell us where he is in the pecking order.

“It was a nice performance from Gran Maestro, too, so it was well worth the trip.

“He’s done a lot of flat racing and is a very well-bred animal. He has schooled well at home.”

Elsewhere, another trainer celebrating a double was Jeremy Scott. Ladfromhighworth, who went to post the 11/8 favourite, won the Free Tips At raceclear.co.uk Handicap Chase under Nick Scholfield.

Decimus then completed the double in the penultimate race – the raceclear.co.uk Making Bookies Tremble Handicap Chase – at the same price.

Tony McCoy steered 5/1 shot Marju’s Quest to glory in the PRN Nursing/Homecare Supporting Canine Partners Handicap Hurdle.

Leighton Aspell and Try Catch Me won the Home&Dry Supporting Chichester Hospital Radio Handicap Chase at 9/2, while Victor Dartnall saddled Jewellery to glory in the Alison Livingston Memorial Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at 11/4.

The bumper was won by Fountains Blossom – trained by Anthony Honeyball and ridden by Rachael Green – at 4/1.

If you followed the tips given on this website, you will have had a good day.

We found three winners – Vosne Romanee, Marju’s Quest and Decimus – plus three runners-up.

Fontwell’s next racing is on Friday, October 3.