The focus of the Sky Sports Racing cameras is on Fontwell this Wednesday where Gary Moore takes a typically strong squad.
3.45 Fontwell – Kansas Du Berlais faces seven on return
Gary Moore sent out the talented Haddes Des Obeaux to win this prize in 2021 and rely on the returning Kansas Du Berlais for the same owner in the Boost Your Acca At BetMGM Handicap Hurdle (3.45).
Still only a four-year-old, he made steady improvement over hurdles in the spring, winning twice here under Jamie Moore before finishing down the field when favourite for the Novices’ Final at Sandown in April.
Top weight Run To Freedom has the benefit of race fitness having been behind Soul Icon here earlier this month – that after a successful stint on the flat over the summer.
Tom Symonds’ Issam scored for the third time over hurdles at Exeter in March and with further improvement expected rates a big danger under Daryl Jacob.
Amy Murphy saddles Young Merlin who lost his unbeaten record at Worcester last month and looks to bounce back in this easier grade.
4.20 Fontwell – Tizzard’s Tamaris on a hat-trick bid
Joe Tizzard’s Tamaris is the standout horse in the BetMGM: It’s Showtime Handicap Chase (4.20) as he chases a hat-trick following success here last time and at Plumpton two starts back.
Tom Lacey saddles the lightly-raced Big Blue Moon, whose sole victory came at Carlisle in March before a solid effort at Chepstow on his most recent start.
The Moore team have Aviles here, a maiden from five career starts, finding just one too good on each of his last four efforts.
Alastair Ralph’s Thankyourluckystar remains with potential having won one of his five starts over hurdles and looks capable of better as he tackles fences.
5.25 Fontwell – Angel’s Dream bids for second victory
The concluding Rabbit And Dowling Plant Hire Handicap Hurdle (5.25) looks like offering Moore’s Angel’s Dream with a good opportunity to build on his victory at Plumpton in May.
The five-year-old heads a field of nine on handicap debut under Niall Houlihan, with Fort De L’Ocean looking like the main challenger.
He scored here under Bryony Frost at the start of September and gets a 4lb rise for that victory.
Old favourite Templier is more regularly seen over fences but gets a spin back over the smaller obstacles on seasonal reappearance.