Bolger beats the odds - and he’s not alone at Fontwell

The field go for glory in the chancelloroftheformchecker.co.uk Adjusted Form Ratings National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race at Fontwell Park
The field go for glory in the chancelloroftheformchecker.co.uk Adjusted Form Ratings National Hunt Novices Hurdle Race at Fontwell Park
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It was a great day for outsiders at Fontwell Park’s second race meeting of 2011.

Colin Bolger was the toast of the track after guiding home Balustrade in the 2.40 at 50/1. That was a rare Fontwell success for Winchester trainer Chris Gordon, who quipped as he walked to the No1 post in the winner’s enclosure: “I’ve not stood here for a while.”

That followed Sussex jockey Joshua Moore’s success on 33/1 shot Swainson, trained by Helen Nelmes.

Elsewhere on the seven-race card, run in chilly conditions made more bearable by bright sunshine, the success was shared out with no jockey or trainer notching as much as a double.

The card was sponsored by Craig Roberts, who runs the Chancellor of the Formchecker website and is this year putting up hundreds of pounds in prize money for a Fontwell jockeys’ championship.

The meeting was tinged with sadness after the recent death of Chris Copsey, who was a regular parade ring host at the track. Chris, who was 52 and was a well-known voice on Sussex local radio stations, died after suffering a heart attack.

Fontwell Park are planning to name a race after Chris - full details and more from the race meeting in the Observer next week (Feb 3).

Going: Good to Soft

Results

1:00 | 1 Definity (Nick Scholfield, 4-7 fav); 5 Straw Bear (A P McCoy, 9-4 2nd-fav); 5 ran.

Distances: 6 lengths; 77 lengths; Neck;

Winning trainer: P F Nicholls.

Tote: £1.70; £1.10; £1.10; Exacta: £2.00; CSF: £2.17;

1:30 | 1 Accordintolawrence (Kielan Woods, 7-1 ); 5 Cottage Acre (P J Brennan, 40-1 ); 14 Pepite Rose (A Coleman, 11-4 2nd-fav); 14 ran. 12 Raya Star (R Thornton, 9-4 fav);

Distances: 2 1/4 lengths; 5 lengths; ¾ length;

Winning trainer: C E Longsdon.

Tote: £6.00; £2.00; £6.60; £1.70; Exacta: £227.70; Swinger: £39.30; Swinger: £26.40; Swinger: £6.00; CSF: £230.96;

* Result Stands

2:05 | 1 Swainson (Mr Joshua Moore, 33-1 ); 4 Bob Casey (Mr R Flint, 4-1 ); 6 Crystal Prince (Felix De Giles, 8-1 ); 10 ran. 7 Killfinnan Castle (W Kennedy, 7-2 joint-fav); 5 Marias Rock (Nick Scholfield, 7-2 joint-fav);

Distances: 3 3/4 lengths; 1¼ lengths; 13 lengths;

Winning trainer: Mrs H R J Nelmes.

Tote: £42.40; £5.10; £1.60; £3.30; Exacta: £116.50; Swinger: £34.50; Swinger: £13.30; Swinger: £20.60; CSF: £157.49; Tricast: £1,181.92;

2:40 | 5 Balustrade (C Bolger, 50-1 ); 10 Twin Bud (Jimmy Derham, 16-1 ); 14 Jordan (Mr T J Cannon, 12-1 ); 1 Ban Uisce (R Thornton, 7-1 ); 16 ran. 7 Loco Grande (S Thomas, 5-1 joint-2nd-fav); 15 Royaume Bleu (Felix De Giles, 5-1 joint-2nd-fav); 4 Spanish Cruise (T Scudamore, 10-3 fav);

Distances: 1 length; 4 lengths; 3 lengths;

Winning trainer: C Gordon.

Tote: £75.50; £13.10; £4.50; £1.80; £2.60; Exacta: £1,458.50; Swinger: £73.60; Swinger: £64.90; Swinger: £76.50; CSF: £721.87; Tricast: £9,846.63;

3:15 | 4 Randjo (Denis O’Regan, 9-2 ); 6 Keyneema (Danny Cook, 11-1 ); 7 Brushford (L Aspell, 7-2 2nd-fav); 10 ran. 2 Overlaw (P J Brennan, 10-3 fav);

Distances: 20 lengths; 4½ lengths; Nose;

Winning trainer: V R A Dartnall.

Tote: £4.20; £1.80; £3.70; £1.70; Exacta: £77.50; Swinger: £13.70; Swinger: £12.80; Swinger: £4.50; CSF: £51.94; Tricast: £193.37;

3:50 | 9 Dune Shine (L Aspell, 20-1 ); 11 The Bishops Baby (Mr T J Cannon, 10-1 ); 5 Sebastiano (J E Moore, 16-1 ); 13 ran. 4 Manshoor (A P McCoy, 7-2 fav); 10 Sun Quest (Mr R J Kirk, 6-1 joint-2nd-fav); 2 Laustra Bad (T Scudamore, 6-1 joint-2nd-fav); 8 No To Trident (Mr R Flint, 6-1 joint-2nd-fav);

Distances: 1 length; 3 lengths; Neck;

Winning trainer: O Sherwood.

Tote: £23.10; £6.40; £3.30; £5.20; Exacta: £133.70; Swinger: £24.50; Swinger: £33.50; Swinger: £43.50; CSF: £206.81; Tricast: £3,299.51;

4:20 | 9 Beattie Green (P J Brennan, 8-1 ); 3 Jumps Road (J Tizzard, 9-1 ); 4 Magnifique Etoile (Felix De Giles, 15-2 ); 9 ran. 1 Batonnier (R Thornton, 15-8 fav); 6 Tieptiep (Mr R Mahon, 9-2 2nd-fav);

Distances: 6 lengths; 17 lengths; 1 length;

Winning trainer: W S Kittow.

Tote: £10.70; £2.70; £2.30; £2.60; Exacta: £86.80; Swinger: £8.40; Swinger: £9.30; Swinger: £7.90; CSF: £72.63.