Otago back on track after blazing Trail at Fontwell

The sun ought to shine for Fontwell's Thursday afternoon racing

Irish raiders among the Fontwell fields

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Otago Trail returns to the track this afternoon after his breathtaking Fontwell triumph.

Trainer Venetia Williams has entered the six-year-old son of Heron Island in the Stella Artois Bumper at Bangor-on-Dee (5.40pm).

The latest assignment comes four weeks after Liam Treadwell steered him to a stunning 69-length victory in West Sussex.

And the Arundel jockey, who was delighted by his first glimpse of the Irish point winner at his home track, is tipping Otago Trail for a big future.

‘I have never had such an easy winner to be honest,’ said Treadwell.

‘There was an awful lot to like about it.

‘On ground that was unpleasant – he just went across it nicely.

‘I’ve just told the Shone family (the owners), they have a good horse on their hands.

‘None of the other runners (four in total) had experience, so that did aid our cause.

‘He has been out there and he has done it before, in a fashion.

‘So I could go out there and settle him in front.

‘I couldn’t see what was going on behind me but I could hear they were struggling a long way from home.

‘It’s early days but he looks to have a bright future.’

Otago Trail did not have to get out of first gear to justify his 5/4-favouritism over two miles and three furlongs at Fontwell.

He will carry a penalty for that victory this afternoon – when he faces six rivals, including Harry Fry’s talented Thomas Brown.

Elsewhere, fellow Fontwell winner Lily Waugh runs in the Listed EBF Stallions & TBA Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Finale at Newbury (2.55pm).

n Joe Tizzard has announced his retirement from race riding.

The 34-year-old jumps jockey steered Third Intention to glory in the 2012 National Spirit Hurdle and introduced Cue Card to racing with a bumper win at Fontwell in 2010.