That was Cheltenham - this is Fontwell

Action at Fontwell's first meeting of the year   Picture by Clive Bennett
Action at Fontwell's first meeting of the year Picture by Clive Bennett

At the end of a week in which everyone in racing is consumed by the Cheltenham Festival, Fontwell bosses will be pleased to see some attention turn them on Saturday for their St Patrick’s race day - just their second meeting of 2014 instead of their sixth, as it should have been.

Seven races are planned and Sussex’s Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Jamie Moore ia among jockeys booked to ride.

The action begins at 1.55pm with the EBF Stallions Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle, which has attracted eight entries.

There are eight in the frame for the Cutmill Handicap Hurdle, which is off at 4.15. Sussex-based Gary Moore has entered Auld Sthock.

The RF Henderson Ltd Handicap Chase has attracted only four entries but will be an intriguing contest. Leading entries include Venetia Williams’ Last Shot and Tim Vaughan’s Elsafeer.

Fontwell veteran Princely Hero is in the frame for the Snow Goose Handicap Chase at 2.30 while eight have been thrown into the mix for the 32Red Tomb Raider II Slot Handicap Hurdle.

The line-up is completed by the Barbour Handicap Chase and the Thorney Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

A Fontwell spokesman said: “After a fascinating week at the Cheltenham Festival, we will keep the jumping action going with a fun-filled afternoon of racing and entertainment and race-goers can watch all the Six Nations rugby matches live in between racing.

“We’ll have a rugby simulator in the paddock enclosure for people to practice penalty kicks. There is live music from The Cracklin Griffins, playing all of your favourite traditional Irish tunes for an hour after the last race in the Premier bar.”

Our tips: 1.55 Shuil Gealach, 2.30 West Cork Flash, 3.05 Vision Des Champs, 3.40 Elsafeer, 4.15 Curtain Razer, 4.50 Benny The Swinger, 5.25 Leith Hill Legasi.

STEVE BONE