Cheltenham withdrawal symptoms? Head for Fontwell

Another memorable Cheltenham Festival may be over - but now it's Fontwell Park's turn to take the jump-racing limelight.

Friday, 18th March 2016, 10:09 pm
Updated Friday, 18th March 2016, 10:19 pm
Jump-racing action returns to Fontwell / Picture by Clive Bennett

Saturday sees the track host their popular St Patrick’s Raceday, with 58 entries across seven races.

The action on the track begins at 2pm with the British Stallion Studs EBF Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle and runs until the 5.30, the Smart Computers Supporting Racing Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle - with a couple of class-three contests along the way.

The jockey leaderboard at Fontwell Park is very close this year with reigning champion Tom Cannon joint top with Noel Fehily, both on seven wins. The latter had a fine win on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Behind them are Jamie Moore with six then Richard Johnson and Gavin Sheehan with five apiece.

At the St Patrick’s Raceday last year, Cannon achieved a double with victories on Star Presenter, trained by Chris Gordon, and Itoldyou, trained by Linda Jewell. He will be looking for similar success this year to secure his place as Fontwell Park’s Champion Jockey.

The trainers’ chart at the figure-of-eight course is being dominated by Gary Moore, who has won 11 times this season and will be looking to add to that tally on Saturday.

Horse racing will not be the only sport being watched at Fontwell as the popular rugby tent returns to show all the action from the final day of the RBS 6 Nations, where England are after the Grand Slam.

You can purchase an upgraded ticket on site and cheer on the boys in the dedicated marquee in what is sure to be a great atmosphere.

After racing on Saturday, popular Irish band The Cracklin’ Griffins perform in the Premier concourse, which will be open to everyone to enjoy. With plenty of game stalls and the rugby rodeo ball on site, there will entertainment for everyone.

For more information visit or call 02143 543335.

Our Fontwell tips: 2.00 Treaty Girl, 2.35 Zero Visibility, 3.10 Sunshine Corner, 3.45 The Cider Maker, 4.20 Wilberdragon, 4.55 Guards Chapel, 5.30 Young Lou.

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