Salubrious primed for fences bow at Fontwell

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Paul Nicholls could hand Salubrious his chasing debut at Fontwell on Friday.

The Long Walk Hurdle runner-up has been pencilled in for the Davenport Property Investment Novices’ Chase (2.40pm).

The two-mile six-furlong contest is the second race of Fontwell’s two-day Forces Festival.

And Nicholls is just one of the leading National Hunt trainers and jockeys who will be going for glory across the double-header.

Salubrious, rated 153 over hurdles, was a disappointing ninth in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Three times a winner over the smaller obstacles, the seven-year-old son of Beneficial was then fifth in the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree.

Now he is set to tackle fences for the first time.

Among the other nine entries in Friday’s battle is Alan King’s Hollow Penny.

The six-year-old son of Beat Hollow is bidding for a third consecutive victory over fences after failing to realise his potential in the hurdling sphere.

Day one of the Forces Festival kicks off with the New Accounts Get £50 Free Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (2.10pm).

Fontwell favourite Gary Moore has Fennann and Roman Riches among the 13 entries.

The Thy Will Be Done Wills & Trusts Handicap Hurdle is due off at 3.15pm.

Meanwhile, Colin Tizzard’s veteran Oiseau De Nuit is the top-rated entry in the Fuller’s London Pride Handicap Chase (3.50pm).

The dual Grade 3 winner – who was fourth to Sire De Grugy in last season’s Tingle Creek at Sandown – is 12 years old but still rated 145.

There’s No Panic could make his first start since falling at Fontwell in May when the Performance Foundations 10th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle goes to post at 4.25pm.

Ten possibles have been pencilled in for the Fontwell Park Annual Membership £120 Sale Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase and a further dozen are in the last race – the Southern Water Charity Raceday Tomorrow Maiden Hurdle (5.30pm).

The second day features a further seven races, beginning at 2.15pm.