Favourites enjoy Fontwell’s festival fever

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FAVOURITES won the first four races on the second day of Fontwell Park’s October Festival - while each of the last four contests went to 7/2 chances.

There was a double for trainer Anthony Honeyball. He saw Aidan Coleman take the Clancy Docwra Supporting Chestnut Tree House Handicap Chase on Dorset Naga (2/1 fav) and Rachael Green take the second division of the Black & Veatch Supporting Today’s Charities Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race on Lily Waugh (7/2).

Richard Johnson and Philip Hobbs both enjoyed a win on day one of the festival and they teamed up for further success on day two - winning the Mott MacDonald Supporting St Barnabas House Handicap Hurdle with 3/1 market leader Princely Player.

Popular Fontwell duo Chris Gordon and Tom Cannon took the Morrison Utility Services Supporting St Barnabas House Handicap Hurdle with Absolute Shambles, another 7/2-priced victor.

There were two other similarly-valued winners - Midnight Lira, ridden by James Best for Caroline Keevil in the MTS Sponsoring Chestnut Tree House Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase and Seedling (Sam Twiston-Davies/Charles Egerton) in the first half of the Black & Veatch Supporting Today’s Charities Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

Day two opened with the 4D And St Barnabas House Novices’ Hurdle, won by 10/11 favourite Hannibal The Great (Noel Fehily/Charlie Longsdon), while Nick Scholfield and Andy Turrell joined forces to claim the BTU Supporting Chestnut Tree House Novices’ Handicap Chase with 3/1 favourite Caulfields Venture.

See a report and pictures from the two-day October Festival in the Observer - out on Thursday

STEVE BONE