Thousands expected at Fontwell as magical May continues

Topless takes off in the 32RedBingo.com Mares' Hunters' Steeple Chase at Fontwell last week  Picture by Clive Bennett
Topless takes off in the 32RedBingo.com Mares' Hunters' Steeple Chase at Fontwell last week Picture by Clive Bennett

FONTWELL PARK expects one of its biggest crowds of the year for its family race day this Sunday.

The fixture traditionally draws thousands of people if the weather is good.

That will be the hope this weekend as the track stages its fourth fixture of a packed May.

There were 134 entries across the seven races ahead of final delcarations, so some competitive racing seems certain.

Action on the track begins at 2.20pm with the Fostering Solutions National Hunt Maiden Hurdle and continues until 5.40pm and the Tripoli Handicap Hurdle.

One of the highlights will be the £10,000 Krac De Chevaliers Handicap Chase at 4.05pm.

Away from the racing, there is plenty of free entertainment including bouncy castles, a fun fair and pets’ corner.

Poppet and Katsuma from the Moshi Monsters will be there to meet young fans.

The meeting will also provide a chance for parents to find out about a new kids’ club, Young Hooves.

Parents will be able to register their kids for the club and can find out more at www.younghooves.co.uk

Gates open at midday.

Last time out at Fontwell it was Hunter Chase Night, which saw some good-quality racing but in front of a smaller crowd than officials would have hoped for.

General manager Tracy Skinner said: “We’ve had great feedback from those that attended the Hunter Chase thanking us for staging the race so it wasn’t lost after Folkestone closed.

“We were disappointed with the crowd but those that did come were all new to Fontwell so we attracted a new audience. We hope to build on the fixture and have made some good point to points and hunt contacts.”

Fontwell’s manic May continues with a half-term raceday next Wednesday.

Ticket details from the course on 01243 543335 or at www.fontwellpark.co.uk