Racing folk get festive at Fontwell

The honours were shared around the jockeys and trainers as things got festive at Fontwell Park.

Action from the opening race at Fontwell's festive race day / Picture by Clive Bennett
Action from the opening race at Fontwell's festive race day / Picture by Clive Bennett

Seven different jockeys and trainers took the prizes at the track’s festive raceday, which saw punters don their best and brightest Christmas jumpers in an effort to win cash.

Racing began with the John and Maryanne Birch Memorial Handicap Hurdle, which saw an outsider triumph.

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Bohernagore went off at 40/1 under Frankie Penford for trainer Zoe Davison and came in a six-length winner over Hermosa Vaquera.

There was more money to be made from the bookies in the TI Engineering Structural Novices’ Handicap Chase, won at 11/1 by The Chuckmeister for Fontwell winner’s-enclosure regulars Chris Gordon and Tom Cannon.

The Axio Special Works Christmas Raceday Juvenile Hurdle was more predictable as 10/11 favourite Rainbow Dreamer, ridden by Wayne Hutchinson for Alan King, prevailed.

Adam Du Breteau (4/1) took the T I Engineering Structural Ltd Handicap Chase for Aidan Coleman and Jonjo O’Neill, while the Chancellor Of The Formchecker Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle was won by Tom O’Brien on Star Rider (15/8) (Hughie Morrison).

Sussex jockey Jamie Moore can usually be relied upon for a Fontwell winner and he had one in the Executive Carriage Group Handicap Chase on board Jamrham (9/2) for Sam Thomas.

Racing finished with the TI Engineering Handicap Hurdle, taken at 8/1 by Whatthebutlersaw (Mark Grant/Dominic Ffrench Davis).

Next up at Fontwell it’s the big Boxing Day meeting, when a large crowd is expected.


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