New Fontwell mission for Mile House

Paul Nicholls is set to run Rothman at Fontwell
Paul Nicholls is set to run Rothman at Fontwell
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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Mile House will bid to make a successful start to his chase career when he returns to Fontwell tomorrow.

The seven-year-old son of Close Conflict is entered in the 32Red Beginners’ Chase at 5.20pm as the track hosts its annual Armed Forces Raceday.

Mile House claimed an impressive novice hurdle triumph at the West Sussex track in October last year.

His six-length victory over odds-on favourite Lily Waugh underlined his potential and saw him rise to a career-high mark of 130 over the smaller obstacles.

The gelding claimed a handicap hurdle triumph at Worcester earlier this summer.

But now trainer Robert Stephens is ready to hand his Irish-bred charge his debut over fences.

Mile House will lock horns with six rivals in the 2m 5f contest.

They include the Paul Nicholls-trained Rothman, who has failed to shine on his first two chase starts, and Philip Hobbs’ Go On Henry.

Voix D’Eau will represent Harry Fry and hope to put behind him a couple of disappointing hurdles outings since his arrival from France.

The Armed Forces Raceday begins with the Darren Crabb Wealth Management Supporting Babybuddy Handicap Hurdle (4.50pm).

The 115-rated Halling’s Wish, who hails from the Lower Beeding yard of Fontwell favourite Gary Moore, tops the eight contenders at the weights.

Toptempo is set to make her switch from flat to jump racing in the 32redsport.com Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (5.50pm).

A half-sister of Halling’s Wish, the six-year-old was once rated 85 on the level but failed to live up to that early promise as she won twice in 24 career starts.

Fry’s Welcometothejungle, who got off the mark at Uttoxeter in July, is among her four rivals.

Six horses have been declared for the £500 Permanent Money Backs @choicebet.net Handicap Chase (6.20pm).

The 32Red Casino Handicap Hurdle follows at 6.50pm before the £10 Free Bet At 32redsport.com Handicap Chase at 7.20pm.

Racing climaxes with the 32Red On The App Store Handicap Hurdle (7.50pm).

Visit fontwellpark.co.uk for more details.