Venetian Lad grabs super sixth at Fontwell

Venetian Lad, blue and white, won his sixth Fontwell race this afternoon. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14808-3605)
Venetian Lad, blue and white, won his sixth Fontwell race this afternoon. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14808-3605)
The start of racing on Washout Wednesday / Picture by Malcolm Wells

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Venetian Lad claimed his sixth Fontwell triumph yesterday.

The 10-year-old son of Midnight Legend eased to a one-and-three-quarter-length victory in the Global Technologies Racing Ltd Handicap Chase.

Sent off at 11/1, Lydia Richards’ grey gelding tracked the leaders throughout the two-mile-five-furlong battle.

Jockey Marc Goldstein then powered him to the front at the last.

And he stayed on up his now-familiar Fontwell hill to beat Ladfromhighworth into second spot.

It was an eighth career success for Venetian Lad, who triumphed at Plumpton last month.

Six of those wins have now come at Fontwell – the first in May 2012 and the latest on Boxing Day last year.

Goldstein has been in the plate on each of occasion, with Venetian Lad relishing the short commute from Richards’ Funtington yard.

Yesterday’s Love Your Hospital Charity Raceday began with a double for jockey Noel Fehily.

He cruised to victory in the Arun Business Partnership Novices’ Hurdle on 15/8-favourite Vivant Poeme before taking the Piglets Pantry Novices’ Chase on Minella Present at 6/5.

Vivant Poeme – a six-year-old son of Early March – was tasting success for the first time after a string of encouraging outings for his trainer Harry Fry.

Meanwhile, the Neil Mulholland-trained Minella Present was getting off the mark as a chaser.

Placed efforts at Taunton and Newton Abbot had suggested a first win was just around the corner for the six-year-old son of Presenting, who was once rated 142 over hurdles.

Sean Bowen steered favourite The Kings Assassin, who is trained in Morestead by Chris Gordon, to glory in the Crown Properties Handicap Hurdle at 5/2.

Ready Token was the 7/2 winner of the Stonepillow Novices’ Handicap Chase for jockey Aidan Coleman and trainer Charlie Longsdon.

The seven-year-old son of Flemensfirth beat favourite Moorlands George into second spot as he recorded a first victory since his debut success in a Southwell bumper in 2013.

Division one of the 
Sussex By The Sea Bumper was won by Seamus Mullins’ four-year-old Milan filly Lillian at 20/1.

And the second division went to Fountains Windfall at 3/1.