SUSSEX’S best-known racing family ruled the roost at Fontwell Park Ladies’ Evening - and not even a power cut could spoil a fabulous sun-lit evening at the racecourse.
Trainer Gary Moore sent two winners to post - one each ridden by sons Jamie and Josh. And Jamie had another winner for a different trainer.
The Moores are regulars at Fontwell and rarely visit without at least one trip to the winner’s enclosure.
Their first success in front of a crowd of thousands at Fontwell’s first meeting after a two-month summer break came on Hanga Roa, the 4/5 favourite, who won the Nuffield Health Chichester Juvenile Hurdle by nine lengths.
In the next, the Southampton Makes More Sense Handicap Chase, Jamie Moore was a winner again, this time for trainer Gerry Enright on 6/1 chance Doctor Ric.
And straight after that, the Yeoman’s Honda Handicap Hurdle was won by Josh - in only his second race back after injury - for his trainer dad on Guard’s Chapel, who romped home by 11 lengths after staritng at 7/1.
The Moores hadn’t been far off the mark in evening’s opening race, the SES Autoparts Novices’ Hurdle, with Golanova beaten to the line by only two lengths by Tom O’Brien on Breaking Bits (6/4) for trainer Jamie Snowden.
Rudigreen, ridden by Jack Quinlan and trained by Noel Quinlan, won the Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund Novices’ Handicap Chase - the second winner among those tipped on this website on the morning of racing, Breaking Bits being our other success.
The card ended with the Cascades Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle, which went to Franklino (14/1) for Fontwell specialists Chris Gordon and Tom Cannon.
The evening was disrupted by a power cut which struck the local area just before the second race. It held up that race by a few minutes while emergency generators were brought into use and although the cut meant some services were unavailable, it didn’t stop the rest of the evening - including live music after racing from Robbing Williams - from going ahead, to the delight of the big crowd.
See the Observer on August 22 for a report and pictures from Ladies’ Evening.