Duo to embark on exciting new chapters at Fontwell

Deputy Dan's trainer Oliver Sherwood
Deputy Dan's trainer Oliver Sherwood
Markov and jockey Tom Bellamyon their way to victory. Picture: Fontwell Park

Honeyball hat-trick lights up Fontwell

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Deputy Dan will launch his chasing career at Fontwell this afternoon.

The six-year-old son of Westerner capped an impressive maiden campaign over timber when finishing second to Very Wood in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

His trainer Oliver Sherwood is now keen to make the transition to fences in the Piglet’s Pantry Food Lovers Beginners’ Chase (2.25pm).

Deputy Dan has not finished out of the places in each of his eight starts under rules.

In that time he has chalked up four wins – two in bumpers – and soared to a hurdles mark of 145.

Now a new chapter will begin at Fontwell, with regular partner Leighton Aspell once again in the saddle.

The Irish-bred talent will face three rivals in the two-and-a-half mile contest – including Paul Nicholls’ French import Virak.

Virak makes his chasing debut after reaching a hurdles rating of 139.

Deputy Dan is not the only promising talent who will embark on a new career at the West Sussex track this afternoon.

Alan King’s unbeaten bumper talent Miles To Memphis will jump his first obstacle in public in the ISS Novices’ Hurdle (1.55pm).

The Old Vic gelding cruised to comfortable victories at Kempton and Ayr last season.

The five-year-old beat Run On Sterling by five lengths on his debut.

Paul Webber’s runner-up then gave that form a huge boost with a first-time-out win over hurdles.

Miles To Memphis will be looking to do the same as he tackles 10 rivals in the two-and-a-quarter battle this afternoon.

Fontwell’s eight-race card climaxes with two bumpers.

The first division is due off at 5.15pm and includes Anthony Honeyball’s Fountains Blossom, who is seeking a hat-trick at the course.

The second race goes to post at 5.45pm.

For more details and ticket information call 01243 543335 or visit fontwellpark.co.uk