13 April 2018
The jumps season takes place between May and April each year, finishing at Sandown Park where the British Champions will be crowned.
The Fontwell journey started on May 5th 2017 and concludes on April 20th for the season finale. Throughout the season we have been avidly watching the course Leader boards progress, as Noel Fehily and Neil Mulholland continued their excellent form since their first victory at the Big Bank Holiday Family Fun Day with The Wicket Chicken.
Noel Fehily has a very comfortable lead over the Jockeys with 13 wins ahead of the 2016/17 champion Jamie Moore who sits in second place with 9. Is it a certainty that Noel will take the top spot this year as this leaves Jamie to score 5 times in the final fixture? Stranger things have happened.
Neil Mulholland goes into the day with a comfortable 2-win lead in the trainer’s championships. Behind Neil, 3 top trainers are still in the race including Paul Nicholls, Colin Tizzard and Gary Moore who all sit on 8 wins this season.
Paul has been known to send multiple winners at Fontwell, most notably at the 2018 National Spirit Hurdle where he was granted a quadruple which included Old Guard in the feature race of the year. 2 of the 8 winners for the Ditcheat trainer came from one of the most popular horses in training at the moment, Black Corton.
It was on June 6th when Colin Tizzard tasted his first victory of the season at Fontwell with Tempestatefloresco who followed this up with success in the Listed Marston’s Pedigree Summer Cup at our sister racecourse Uttoxeter. The opening day of our Oktoberfest meeting saw the Milbourne Port trainer excel with a double as Wizards Bridge and Buckhorn Timothy crossed the line first.
It took longer than anticipated for the 2016/17 leading trainer Gary Moore to find his first winner of the season. This eventually happened in September when Lord E, ridden by son Jamie gave the Moore family the victory they deserved. This was followed up at the next meeting when the very talented Sussex Ranger took the win tally to two. Since then, Sussex Ranger has tasted success at Sandown and was runner up in a Grade 1 contest at Chepstow Racecourse.
It has been a great season and we can’t wait for our finale on April 20th. Click here to order your tickets now and save money in advance!
The new season starts on May 9th for an evening of racing, a perfect chance to cheer the winners past the post after work with a brand new leader board!