Fox return not for faint-hearted

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Minellatillmorning won the Happy Birthday Sarah Cotty Handicap Hurdle. Picture: Fontwell Park

Balding celebrates Glory at Fontwell

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ALL aboard the Fox Appeal ‘rollercoaster’.

The five-year-old son of Brian Boru will lay down his Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle challenge at 2.40pm this afternoon.

A best-priced 25/1 for success, Fox Appeal will face 19 rivals in the three-mile race.

After kicking off his hurdling career with victory at Fontwell in November, the gelding has gone on to win three of his four starts.

But his progress to a rating of 138 has not been without alarm.

Hampshire trainer Emma Lavelle has likened watching the talent carelessly negotiate his obstacles to riding a theme park attraction.

Last month she warned readers of The News to buckle up for his return to action at the Festival.

Well, the waiting is over, so strap yourselves in.