Virtuel proves he’s the real deal at Fontwell

Jack Sherwood steers Sea Cadet to victory at Fontwell. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14808-3539)

Jack Sherwood steers Sea Cadet to victory at Fontwell. Picture: Malcolm Wells (14808-3539)

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Virtuel D’Oudon continued his impressive start to life under rules with victory at Fontwell on Tuesday.

David Pipe’s five-year-old son of Network won the Docker Hughes Memorial Novices’ Hurdle at 2/1.

The triumph under jockey Conor O’Farrell followed up a bumper success in the hands of Tom Scudamore – to make him unbeaten in two starts since switching from Irish points.

O’Farrell was impressed with his mount, who is clearly destined for bigger things.

The rider said: ‘He was a bit green and babyish and was pricking his ears in front.

‘But he has a great attitude and jumped superbly for first time out (over hurdles).’

Tuesday afternoon’s card kicked off with a 12/1 win for Sea Cadet in the Premier Roulette At 32Red.com Handicap Hurdle.

Keltic Rhythm justified 6/4-favouritism in the 32Red for Microgaming Games Handicap Chase, while the Switch To 32Red For £10 Free Handicap Chase went to Tarraco at 11/4.

Norfolk Sky was the 5/1 winner of the Play Tomb Raider At 32Red Mares’ Maiden Hurdle and the 32Red Welcomes Microgaming Players Handicap Chase went to 9/4-favourite Malibu Sun.

The bumper was won by Justanother Muddle at 4/1.

Elsewhere, runaway Fontwell bumper winner Otago Trail was second to Thomas Brown at Bangor-on-Dee on Saturday.

Lily Waugh, another scorer in West Sussex, was third in the EBF Stallions & TBA Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Finale at Newbury on the same day.

Bull And Bush, second to My Miss Lucy at Fontwell in December, won the Mick & Sheila 50th Wedding Anniversary Mares’ Handicap Hurdle at Towcester on Monday.

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