AP McCoy fans see double at Fontwell Park

Action in the Derek & Colleen Collins Golden Wedding Anniversary Handicap Chase at Fontwell  Picture by Ciaran McCrickard / Connors
Action in the Derek & Colleen Collins Golden Wedding Anniversary Handicap Chase at Fontwell Picture by Ciaran McCrickard / Connors

What’s better than having Tony McCoy at your race meeting? Having two, of course.

Not content with having the real McCoy on the track, Fontwell Park had a second one for people to meet.

It might have a cardboard cutout, but it still attracted plenty of attention.

The cardboard version, only slightly thinner than McCoy, some observed, was part of a Kids Love The Races roadshow designed to give younger visitors to the track an insight into the sport.

The roadshow was staged by Great British Racing and was one of a number of popular sideshows staged on the Figure of Eight family race day.

But while the entertainment went down well, the weather didn’t - heavy showers disrupting the afternoon and sending some of the 4,500 crowd home early.

Racecourse general manager Tracy Skinner said: “It was lovely in between the showers but we could have done without them.

“The crowd figure was a little down on last year but it could have been worse given the uncertain weather. I think those who came enjoyed themselves and we were pleased to put eight races on which were unaffected by the rain.”

Peppa Pig and George were big draws for the youngsters, as were funfair rides, bouncy castles, face painters and a pets’ corner.

On the track McCoy - definitely the real one this time - found success in the 32 Red Handicap Chase on 2/1 favourite Chestnut Ben.

Elsewhere on the card, there were a couple of Cannons firing.

Fontwell favourite Tom Cannon rode 7/2 chance Chilworth Screamer first home in the 32Red Casino Handicap Hurdle while Marc Goldstein was successful on 6/1 contender Cannon Fodder in the £32 Free At 32Red.com Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.

Fontwell takes a break from racing now until its October Festival celebrates its third running with back-to-back meetings on Friday 4 and Saturday 5.

The Friday will be Fullers London Pride Raceday and Saturday will have an Irish theme and raise money for two local hospices. For tickets, call 01243 543335.

STEVE BONE