Up-and-coming jockey Tom Cannon was the talk of Fontwell Park after ending their final meeting of the 2010-11 season with an impressive double for Hampshire trainer Chris Gordon.
First the 20-year-old eased home by nine lengths on 4/1 contender Princely Hero in the Bet This Summer With 888.sport.com Handicap Steeple Chase.
Then 30 minutes later he carried the 4/5 favourite Sovereign Spirit to a solid victory in the Congratulations Betfred On Winning the tote Handicap, five lengths ahead of Keckerrockernixes.
It came just eight days after Cannon had steered Sovereign Spirit to a thrilling win at Fontwell over a 1/5 favourite Themanfromfraam.
Earlier in Fontwell’s final meeting before their summer break, Pulborough-based Leighton Aspell also notched a double.
His first success came on 3/1 second favourite Geneva Geyser, trained by Littlehampton’s Lady Herries, in the Southern Coaches’ Novices Hurdle. Then he followed up with an even-more impressive success on Oliver Sherwood’s 13/2 shot Parazar in the Win Fontwell Annual Membership@888.sport.com/fontwell Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.
The other two races on the card went the way of runners tipped on this website on Thursday morning.
Barizan (Paul Moloney, 8-13 fav) took the opener, the 150% Bonus @ 888.sport.com Beginners’ Steeple Chase for handler Evan Williams, while Orion Star was first home for Jimmy Derham after going off 15/8 favourite in the Choicebet You Won’t Beat The Value Handicap Steeple Chase.
Fontwell’s track now gets a rest ahead of Ladies’ Evening, which is on Thursday, August 18.