Centurion ready for Fontwell battle

Morestead in action at Fontwell. Picture: Connors
Morestead in action at Fontwell. Picture: Connors
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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Brendan Powell has finalised his centenary plans for popular stable stalwart Morestead.

The nine-year-old son of Traditionally will contest his 100th race at Fontwell this evening.

He was given two entries by his Upper Lambourn handler earlier this week.

But at yesterday’s final declaration stage, Powell opted for the West Sussex Office Furniture 10th Anniversary Handicap Chase (6.30pm).

Morestead will face eight rivals in the two-mile, two-furlong event and will carry just 10st. West Sussex jockey Jamie Moore, who has claimed four Grade 1 wins with Sire De Grugy this season as well as the Scottish Grand National on Al Co, will be in the plate.

Fontwell’s first evening meeting of the year will get under way with the Lucketts Travel – Quality Coach Hire Maiden Hurdle (4.50pm).

Colin Tizzard will be hoping Buckthorn Timothy can rediscover the form which saw him win a bumper at Ludlow in January, but the likes of Elmore Back and Reverb should ensure it is a competitive battle.

Sunny Ledgend is an interesting runner in the second race – the BetRacingNation Coming Soon Soon To Sky 212 Handicap Chase (5.25pm).

He finished 13th behind the high-class Simonsig in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012.

The nine-year-old son of Midnight Legend then returned to Prestbury Park the following year to finish sixth behind Same Difference in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

He is now a stone lower in the handicap and, if he rediscovers his form, could land a first win since January of last year.

The seven-race card features a further three handicap races, before action climaxes with the traditional bumper at 8pm.

Among the 14 contenders is Gary Moore’s promising Newbury winner Puisque Tu Pars.

Gates open at 3pm, with the ground currently good. More details at fontwellpark.co.uk