PREVIEW & TIPS: Six in frame for National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell

Fontwell will be glad to get some racing on  Picture by Clive Bennett
Fontwell will be glad to get some racing on Picture by Clive Bennett

A FIELD of six will contest Fontwell Park’s richest race of the year - Sunday’s £50,000 National Spirit Hurdle.

Saphir Du Rheu is set to go off the strong favourite, and a victory would mean a second straight NSH victory for trainer Paul Nicholls.

Chris Pea Green is Sussex trainer Gary Moore’s entry while Kayf Moss, Meister Eckhart, Princely Hero, Unowhatimeanharry mak up the field following final declarations.

Also featuring on the card, is a race in memory of a very special and local trainer, the Josh Gifford Novice Chase, with prize money of £20,000 and boasting 12 strong entries.

Racegoers on the day will be treated to a whole host of entertainment.

Gates open from 11.30am with the first of seven races at 2.10pm. The going is likely to be heavy for what will be Fontwell’s first meeting to survive the wet winter since Boxing Day.

For more information, visit www.fontwellpark.co.uk or call 01243 543335.

Sports editor Steve Bone’s tips: 2.10 Benvolio, 2.40 West Cork Flash, 3.10 Saphir Du Rheu, 3.45 Brave Vic, 4.20 Arkendale, 4.50 Just Cloudy, 5.20 Face To Face.