Odds are on southern success at Fontwell Park

Action from the Axio Special Works Christmas Raceday Juvenile Hurdle at Fontwell / Picture by Clive Bennett
Action from the Axio Special Works Christmas Raceday Juvenile Hurdle at Fontwell / Picture by Clive Bennett

SOUTHERN trainers enjoyed success at long odds at Fontwell Park’s penultimate meeting of 2015.

Findon’s Nick Gifford was delighted to see Fontwell favourite Tom Cannon win the T I Engineering Structural Ltd Handicap Chase on his 10/1 shot Toohighforme.

Then Winchester handler Chris Gordon tasted an even bigger victory, with the John And Maryanne Birch Memorial Handicap Hurdle taken by Marc Goldstein on Superciliary at 25/1.

Those results were a far cry from recent Fontwell action, which has seen many favourites and joint-favourites prosper.

But elsewhere on an afternoon when the crowd sported Christmas jumpers and enjoyed some winter sunshine, things were a little more predictable.

Something you can forecast at Fontwell is success for Sussex trainer Gary Moore and sure enough, he was in the winner’s enclosure when son Jamie rode the 7/4 favourite Darebin to victory in the Axio Special Works Christmas Raceday Juvenile Hurdle.

The card opened with victory for Wayne Hutchinson and trainer Alan King with Katie Too, the 4/5 favourite, taking the smartcomputersbristol.com Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Tom Scudamore piloted the 3/1 favourite Alternatif first past the post in the NJS Handicap Chase while Amidon, ridden by Sussex’s Leighton Aspell for Lucy Wadham, won the T I Engineering Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase after going off 4/1.

Racing ended with another 4/1 winner in the ROA/Racing Post Handicap Hurdle as Tom O’Brien did the business on Thepartysover for Paul Henderson.

Next up at Fontwell it’s the big Boxing Day meeting when a crowd of up to 8,000 is expected. See next week’s Observer and our Christmas-week edition for previews.


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