It’s great to see racing return to Fontwell Park. It’s a unique track which offers fantastic action down on the South Coast. I’m looking forward to an excellent afternoon of racing and hopeful we can find a couple of winners.
Filou Des Issards
The 2m 3f novice hurdle looks like an interesting affair with plenty in the race. The current ground description is good at Fontwell Park, and I can see Philip Hobbs’ Filou Des Issards (13:45) having no issues finally getting off the mark. This 5-year-old has had a few fine placed efforts in his last two starts back in December and January.
He finished runner-up at Taunton and since then the 3rd placed horse in that race has gone on to win a maiden hurdle here at Fontwell Park. I’d be surprised if this type of race wouldn’t be within his grasp and with the booking of Richard Johnson, I am very keen on his chances.
Next, we turn to a handicap chase over 2m 3f. Arthurs Sixpence heads the market for Kim Bailey. The horse has won twice already since the restart at Uttoxeter and Market Rasen.
I do think for all he has been impressive; he may have reached his ceiling. With that in mind, I am going to take an each-way chance on Master Burbridge (15:45) for Neil Mulholland.
The yard is in good form and this horse previously won at Fontwell Park off a higher mark. He’s has had a pipe cleaner at Perth, so he should be in good shape for this. Sam Twiston-Davies is booked to ride. He currently boasts a 28% strike rate just now, so I could see him being bang there again.