Emily aims to make it a Gray day at Fontwell

Fontwell Park hosts six races on Friday
Fontwell Park hosts six races on Friday
  • Festival contender heads to West Sussex
  • Six-race card packed with talent
  • Jean Fleming targets second course win
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Emily Gray is set to make her first start since the Cheltenham Festival at Fontwell on Friday.

The seven-year-old Flemensfirth mare has been declared for the EBF Stallions/TBA Mares’ Beginners’ Chase at 2.10pm.

The 2m 5f battle is the second contest of the West Sussex track’s six-race Gentleman’s Meeting, which starts at 1.40pm.

Emily Gray was ninth in the Grade 1 David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle at Prestbury Park in March.

After laying down her challenge two hurdles from home, the Irish-bred talent was outpaced and then badly hampered at the last.

Now her trainer, Kim Bailey, is ready to turn his attentions to chasing – with the debut assignment at Fontwell.

Emily Gray rose to a mark of 135 over hurdles with five second places and a third in her six starts prior to the Festival.

However, her last win came at Limerick on Boxing Day 2013 off a rating of 108.

Bailey’s charge will meet four rivals in the £8,000 clash.

Three-time hurdles winner Cresswell Breeze, who was pulled up in the EBF mares’ final at Newbury in March, makes her chase debut.

The Midnight Legend five-year-old was rated 130 before that day.

Kayfleur, who has recorded wins in bumpers and hurdles for Henry Daly, will also get her first taste of fences.

As will Oliver Sherwood’s two-time winner Taniokey.

Ebony Empress completes the field – and is the only contender with experience over fences.

Neil Mulholland’s six-year-old Kris Kin mare was third behind Fontwell winner Junction Fourteen on her debut at Uttoxeter last month.

Tomorrow’s action begins with the Winner Rental Services Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle (1.40pm).

Bumper winner Bon Enfant will be targeting a first-time victory over timber but the likes of Danvinnie and Sandygate will have other ideas.

The consistent Jean Fleming aims to follow up her Fontwell win in March with success in the £9,000 Southern Cranes & Access Ltd/TBA Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (2.40pm).

After two more handicaps, the JEB Construction Ltd The Baron Of Holybourne Standard Open Bumper closes the card at 4.10pm.