VIDEO: Sun shines on Fontwell’s Forces’ Festival

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

Irish raiders among the Fontwell fields

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Salubrious kicked off his chasing career with victory at Fontwell today.

The seven-year-old son of Beneficial beat Drum Valley by a neck to win the Davenport Property Investment Novices’ Chase.

Paul Nicholls’ charge, who was rated 153 over hurdles and tasted Cheltenham Festival glory in 2013, was sent off the 1/5 favourite.

The Wallace Line built on an encouraging start to hurdles at Perth with victory in the New Accounts Get £50 Free Juvenile Maiden Hurdle at 10/1.

Lightentertainment won the Thy Will Be Done Wills & Trusts Handicap Hurdle at 12/1 for trainer Chris Gordon.

But the Hampshire handler was once again denied glory in the feature race – the Fuller’s London Pride Handicap Chase – on the opening day of the track’s two-day Forces’ Festival.

His charge, King Edmund, had to settle for second for the third successive season as Workbench claimed success at 11/4.

The Performance Foundations 10th Anniversary Handicap Hurdle went the way of the favourite, Royal Native, at 11/8.

After Strumble Head’s 4/1 win in the Nicola Coy Appreciation Society Breakthrough Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase, the Southern Water Charity Raceday Tomorrow Maiden Hurdle was won by 6/4-favourite Glowinginthedark.

The festival continues tomorrow with another seven races, kicking off at 2.15pm.