Kirkton set to Captain raid on Fontwell

West Sussex trainer Gary Moore
West Sussex trainer Gary Moore
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Captain Kirkton will spearhead Gary Moore’s team as they target Fontwell success on Sunday.

The five-year-old hurdler is one of six entries the Lower Beeding handler has made for the weekend’s seven-race card.

And the Irish-bred son of Flemensfirth has every chance of enhancing his growing reputation with success at the West Sussex track.

Captain Kirkton defeated Alan King’s odds-on favourite Radius Bleu on his hurdles bow at Lingfield last month.

That effort followed an encouraging bumper second to Noel Chance’s smart Mintiverdi, who has now chalked up back-to-back successes on the level.

Captain Kirkton has been pencilled in for Sunday’s third race – the EBF/ Novices Hurdle (qualifier) – at 2.20pm.

There have been a total of 18 entries for the race, with Evan Williams’ Get It On and Nicky Henderson’s Kells Belle standing out.

Racing will begin with the Tiana Honey Watson Fund Juvenile Hurdle at 1.20pm.

Moore’s 116-rated Finch Flyer and Whitby Jack are among the 25 names pencilled in for the two-mile two-furlong contest.

Action continues with the Keith Williams 50th Birthday Handicap Chase (1.50pm), where Russellstown Boy tops the weights with a mark of 86.

The Ward-Thomas Master Removers Handicap Chase goes to post at 2.50pm.

Richard Phillips’ Stop The Show may bid for back-to-back wins, while the local fight could be led by Lydia Richards’ 14-year-old veteran Kappelhoff.

Moore’s troops may return to the front line in the Elizabeth Armstrong Contemporary Equine Art Handicap Hurdle at 3.25pm.

He has entered the 106-rated Sawago, while fellow West Sussex trainer Richard Rowe could bid for a second consecutive success with The Bishops Baby.

Moore has named Marc Of Brilliance and Lepido among the 16 in the Wellpool Building And Maintenance Services Handicap Chase (4pm).

And the final race – the Work And Leisurewear Corporate Clothing Intermediate Bumper (4.30pm) – may feature Venetia Williams’ debut winner Spirit D’Armor.

Gates open at 11.30am and the ground is currently good to soft, good in places.