Another memorable night for Moore family at Fontwell

Jamie Moore
Jamie Moore
Megan Nicholls (left of picture) was the Silk Series trophy winner last year / Picture by Dan

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Hanga Roa sparked a Moore family hat-trick on ladies’ night at Fontwell.

The three-year-old son of Hannouma won the Nuffield Health Chichester Juvenile Hurdle in impressive fashion at the West Sussex course.

Saddled by Lower Beeding handler Gary Moore – and ridden by his son Jamie – the 4/5-favourite made all to win the two-and-a-quarter mile contest.

While the race was delayed by power failure, Hanga Roa showed no sign of his talents dimming as he comfortably stretched his advantage in the latter stages.

And Jamie wasted no time in returning to the winners’ enclosure.

He steered the Gerry Enright-trained Doctor Ric to victory in the very next race – the Southampton Makes More Sense Handicap Chase.

A 6/1-shot in the market, the eight-year-old Dr Massini gelding was fitted with first-time blinkers.

And they worked the oracle as he led for most of the race, jumping well before easing clear and coming home alone.

The Moore treble was then completed half an hour later.

But this time it was Jamie’s brother Joshua in the saddle – on another of his father’s string.

Guards Chapel was not among the leading fancies for the Yeoman’s Honda Handicap Hurdle.

But the five-year-old son of Motivator made the most of his conditional jockey’s 3lb claim to seal a successful return to the National Hunt sphere.

Most recently seen on the level, the gelding had been winless in six outings since success on the all-weather at Kempton in February.

But that all changed when he bolted up at Fontwell at 7/1 last night.

Patiently ridden by his talented young rider, he shot to the front after the third last and none of his rivals could muster a response.

The Moores had narrowly missed out on victory in the meeting’s opening race – the SES Autoparts Novices’ Hurdle.

Gary and Jamie teamed up with Golanova only to suffer a two-length loss to Breaking Bits (6/4) with Shantou Breeze, who is trained by Denmead’s Michael Madgwick, back in third.

Another West Sussex rider celebrated victory on the night.

Tom Cannon partnered the Chris Gordon-trained Franklino to a 14/1 triumph in the Cascades Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle – the final race of the meeting.

And the penultimate contest – the Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund Novices’ Handicap Chase – went to Noel Quinlan’s Rudigreen at 4/1.