SUSSEX RACING: VIDEO - Raise a glass to Champagne George at Fontwell

Champagne George was the toast of Fontwell - and Neil Mulholland’s yard - after winning a thrilling final race at Fontwell’s latest midweek card.

The sun came out at Fontwell
The sun came out at Fontwell

Noel Fehily on the five-year-old grey, the 8/11 favourite, was pushed right to the line by Marc Goldstein on the Sheena West-trained Not Another Muddle but held on to win the Krzysztof Klactk Standard Open National Hunt flat race by a length.

It completed a quickfire double for west-country trainer Mulholland after the David How Much Lever Conditional Jockeys’ Training Series Handicap Chase was won by Martin McIntyre on evens favourite Matrow’s Lady.

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There was a small but hardy crowd at Fontwell for a meeting which, as the afternoon went on, saw sunshine after rain that had left the going soft, heavy in places.

The sun came out at Fontwell

The card opened with success for Lewes-based trainer Suzy Smith, who saw 5/4 chance Clondaw Cian impressively take the Patrick Your 2 Weeks Late Murphy Novices’ Hurdle.

Gavin Sheehan rode Bells’n’Banjos (5/2) to a 14-length victory in the Chancellor Of The FormChecker Handicap Hurdle for Warren Greatrex, while the Brooks Macdonald Novices’ Handicap Chase went to Showboater, the 11/8 favourite ridden by Nico de Boinville.

Arquebusier (7/1) was the biggest-priced winner of day, taking the George Rogers Memorial Handicap Hurdle under James Banks for Emma Baker.

There are just two more meetings this year at Fontwell – the Festive Jumpers raceday on Tuesday, December 8, and then one of the track’s annual highlights, the big Boxing Day card.


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