Fontwell’s second staging of their Hunter Chase evening was a big success.
A decent-sized crowd filed into the racecourse to see jockeys and trainers not normally seen at Fontwell vie for honours.
It was another successful fixture for officials at Fontwell, where a good recovery has been made following a wet start to 2014 that wiped out four of their first five planned meetings.
Next up at the figure-of-eight track, it’s the family fun day on Sunday, May 25, when afternoon racing will be complemented by a variety of free entertainment, much of it aimed at children.
In warm spring sunshine, the big winner of the evening was Ladfromhighworth, who took the Weatherbys Bloodstock Reports Maiden Hunters’ Chase for the Cuckoo Maiden Challenge Cup after going off at 25/1 for trainer Camilla Scott.
Josh Newman took the Weatherbys Private Banking Novices’ Hunters’ Chase for The Guy Peate Memorial Challenge Trophy on Sobre Tresor, the 9/4 joint favourite trained by Chloe Newman.
Hannah Grissell rode Ashanti Mopon (7/1) to the win in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Novices’ Hunters’ Chase for trainer mum Rose Grissell, while the Weatherbys Private Banking United Hunts Open Champion Hunters’ Chase was claimed by the Alan Hill-trained Start Royal, who went off at 4/1 - as you can see in the video at the top of this article.
The 4/5 market leader Foundry Square won the Weatherbys Digital Ladies’ Open Hunters’ Chase for the Stuart Adamson Memorial Trophy before Alex Dunn rode 3/1 shot Double Mead - tipped on this website - first home in the Weatherbys “My Stable” Mares’ Hunters’ Chase.
The meeting ended with the Weatherbys pointtopoint.co.uk Open Hunters’ Chase for the United Hunts Cup, which handler David Dunsdon saw go to his 2/1 contender Utopian.
The Hunter Chase night was trasferred to Fontwell last year following the closure of its traditional home track, Folkestone.