Fontwell favourites prove fearsome

Up To Something's Noel Fehily (right) and second-placed  Abuzzi, ridden by Ben Poste, starred in the opening race  Picture by Louise Adams C130458-3
Up To Something's Noel Fehily (right) and second-placed Abuzzi, ridden by Ben Poste, starred in the opening race Picture by Louise Adams C130458-3

WHAT a day for Fontwell favourites.

There were eight races on the track’s packed card - and six were won by the market leaders.

Noel Fehily set the tone for the afternoon by guiding Charlie Longsdon-trained 4/6 favourite Up To Something to the win in the first division of the split Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Novices’ Hurdle.

Seebright (Jack Doyel/Victor Dartnall) went off at 10/11 favourite in the second part of the contest and also did the business. Both won with plenty to spare.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls will have been delighted to see Buck’s Bond (7/4 favourite) prevail in the 11th June Fontwell Park Business Club Novices’ Chase under Ryan Mahon.

Goochypoochyprader was the 6/4 favourite in the Spring Fair 18th & 19th May At Fontwell Handicap Hurdle and was the fourth straight bookies’ pick to win, ridden by Joshua Newman for Nick Lampard.

And Fontwell regulsr Fruity O’Rooney proved his recent placing at the Cheltenham Festival was no fluke when winning the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Handicap Chase for Gary and Jamie Moore. He only had half a length over Requin - but those two were close to 100 lengths clear of their nearest challengers.

There had to be a non-favourite winning at some point and such a result came from Marc Goldstein on the Alan Blackmore-handled Occasionally Yours in the totepool.com Handicap Hurdle - a 12/1 winner.

The 4/1 shot Oranger took the SIS Live Handicap Chase for trainer Andrew Martin, but favouritism ruled again in the last when Tom Scudamore was victorious on 7/4 contender Seven Nation Army for David Pipe.

Up To Something, Buck’s Bond and Seven Nation Army were all tipped on this website on Wednesday night.

There was a healthy-sized crowd at Fontwell for their first meeting of the month and they will hope for similar bright conditions and good numbers when they race again next Friday (April 19).

See the Observer on April 18 for a preview and all the latest local racing news.

STEVE BONE