Moore sends strong team to Fontwell

Gary Moore, who trains at Lower Beeding, West Sussex
Gary Moore, who trains at Lower Beeding, West Sussex
Minellatillmorning won the Happy Birthday Sarah Cotty Handicap Hurdle. Picture: Fontwell Park

Balding celebrates Glory at Fontwell

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Gary Moore is going to war with a seven-strong army at Fontwell tonight.

The Lower Beeding handler leads a strong local contingent into battle in the first of the West Sussex track’s summer evening meetings.

Denmead’s Michael Madgwick is represented, while Storrington’s Richard Rowe and Findon’s Philip Hide are also gunning for glory.

But it is Moore’s runners who dominate the card, which climaxes with the Standard Open National Hunt Bumper (8pm).

And it is in that one-mile, six-furlong contest he is set to grant a debut to four-year-old Georgea.

A Generous filly, she is a half-sister of Copeland, who twice lowered the colours of the mighty grey Rooster Booster in 2002.

Moore will launch his glory charge when he saddles Guards Chapel and Winning Spark in the Paul ‘Spinner’ Smith Love Life Memorial Handicap Hurdle (6pm).

The duo are both rated 110 but it is Guards Chapel who is set to go off favourite after some impressive displays on the level this winter.

Petit Ecuyer is the Lower Beeding handler’s hope in the two-mile, two-furlong Handicap Chase (6.30pm).

The seven-year-old Equerry gelding will face six rivals, including Madgwick’s course-and-distance winner Ray Diamond.

It is the turn of Psi and Zouti to carry the Moore fight at 7pm, when they go to post in the Handicap Hurdle.

Rowe is also bidding for victory in the race with Amirico.

Moore’s other runner on the night is Lajidaal, who goes in the 32Red Casino Handicap Chase (7.30pm).

The six-year-old Dynaformer gelding will also come up against a Rowe challenger in the form of Current Climate.

The meeting begins with the £32 Bonus At 32Red.Com Maiden Hurdle (5pm) – where Hide saddles Strictly Cissbury and Rowe sends out Tang Royal.

None of the region’s trainers are represented in the 32Red Handicap Chase (5.30pm) – although Aikideau only joined Paul Nicholls’ yard from Rowe last week.