National clues on offer at Fontwell

Kris Spin won the Primo Bar & Bistro Barbados Handicap Hurdle / Picture: Nigel Bowles - Fontwell Park

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Punters looking for Grand National pointers will be keeping a close eye on the Fuller’s London Pride Foxhunters Trial Hunters’ Chase at Fontwell tomorrow (4.15pm).

Paul Nicholls is set to saddle one of his contenders for the world famous handicap, Ornais.

‘That is one of Paul Nicholls’ outside hopes for the National,’ said Fontwell boss Phil Bell.

Ornais will face Heron’s Well, who hails from the same yard as Black Jack Blues.

And his west Wales trainer Rebecca Curtis has yet to celebrate a Fontwell winner.

‘Rebecca has got some JP McManus horses, so is obviously one to watch,’ said Bell.

‘She wouldn’t have had that many runners here, so we are really pleased to welcome her to the track.’

There is an evenly-matched contest in prospect in the Play Poker At Novices’ Chase (2.40pm).

Five of the six runners hold claims, with Heart Of The South Racing’s Fruity O’Rooney looking for a second success at the track over fences.

Racing begins with the Supporting Racehorse Sanctuary Novices’ Hurdle (2.10pm) and ends with the customary bumper at 5.15pm.

As well as racing, there will be other attractions including jockey mastermind, a pet’s corner and a birds of prey display.

Gates open at midday, with admission from £21. Under-15s go free.