Madgwick hoping to Breeze to victory at Fontwell

Morestead, right, is back at Fontwell tonight
Morestead, right, is back at Fontwell tonight
Minellatillmorning won the Happy Birthday Sarah Cotty Handicap Hurdle. Picture: Fontwell Park

Balding celebrates Glory at Fontwell

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Shantou Breeze returns to novice company at Fontwell tonight.

Trained in Denmead by Michael Madgwick, the six-year-old mare claimed her first triumph under rules at Worcester in June.

The daughter of Shantou held on to beat Quel Bruere by a short head in the Play Roulette & Blackjack At Handicap Chase over two-and-a-half miles.

Now she will return to the smaller obstacles for the SES Autoparts Novices’ Hurdle on ladies’ night at Fontwell.

And Madgwick is hoping it will be a happy return to his home course.

‘I think there is more improvement to come from her,’ said the handler.

Shantou Breeze will have her work cut out, though.

The West Sussex course has attracted 14 entries for the opening contest (5.30pm).

Among them is Plain Sailing, who hails from the John Ferguson’s Suffolk yard.

A dual bumper winner, the four-year-old Manduro colt launched his hurdles career with a comfortable win in the Bet totejackpot at Novices’ Hurdle at Newton Abbot this month.

He sets the standard in the two-and-a-quarter mile battle, with Mick Channon’s Good Of Luck and Jamie Snowden’s Breaking Bits, who won a maiden over course and distance in May, also holding claims.

The second race on Fontwell’s ladies’ night is the Nuffield Health Chichester Juvenile Hurdle (6pm).

Gary Moore’s Hanga Roa is set to run and will be hoping to go one better after finishing second on each of his National Hunt starts to date.

Course-favourite Morestead and Nick Gifford’s Old Dreams, who will be ridden by champion jockey Tony McCoy, will race in the Southampton Makes More Sense Handicap Chase (6.30pm) before eight face-off in the Yeoman’s Honda Handicap Hurdle at 7pm.

The Lisa Wilson Scholarship Fund Novices’ Handicap Chase goes to post at 7.30pm and the action climaxes at 8pm with the Cascades Shopping Centre Handicap Hurdle, where Moore will saddle top-weight Nebula Storm.