Nicholls charge set for Fontwell return

Seven Woods will go for glory at Fontwell this afternoon
Seven Woods will go for glory at Fontwell this afternoon
Megan Nicholls (left of picture) was the Silk Series trophy winner last year / Picture by Dan

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Deireadh Re will bid to kickstart his chasing career at Fontwell today.

The Paul Nicholls-trained gelding will line-up in the 32Red Casino Beginners’ Chase (14.05pm) – the opening contest of an eight-race card.

And he has something to prove after disappointing on each of his four starts over fences to date.

The seven-year-old son of Old Vic has not raced since December, though, when he was pulled up in a handicap chase at Taunton.

After hitting a mark of 139 in his hurdles career, which included victory in the Grade 2 Bristol Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, he is no doubt a talented horse.

But whether he can overcome his five rivals and relaunch his chasing career this afternoon remains to be seen.

Among his challengers are the Victor Dartnall-trained Silver Commander, Tom George’s Seven Woods and American Spin, a debutant who will be ridden by West Sussex jockey Jamie Moore.

Five horses have been declared for the Thanks Jo Littmoden For 10 Great Years Novices’ Handicap Chase at 2.35pm.

And local interest will revolve around Gary Moore’s Dr Thistle and Shantou Breeze, who is trained in Denmead by Michael Madgwick.

Moore then saddles Kambis in the Fullers London Pride Handicap Hurdle (3.05pm).

His former assistant trainer, Philip Hide, will be hoping to spoil the party, though, as he sends Mohanad into battle.

Lajidaal represents the Moore team in the 32Red Handicap Chase (3.40pm).

The trainer’s son, Jamie, takes the ride, while Pulborough jockey Leighton Aspell will be gunning for glory on Inner Steel.

Moore and Hide once again lock horns in the 11-runner first division of the Maiden Hurdle (4.15pm).

The former will saddle Agincourt Reef, with the latter handing a chance to Red Mystique.

John Ferguson’s Montefeltro will take some beating, though, after an impressive third on his hurdles debut at Uttoxeter.

The second division features Magwick’s Comedy House, while East Lavant trainer Steve Woodman has declared Going Twice.

The Handicap Hurdle (5.20pm) will include Moore’s Deux Etoiles – a winner at Huntingdon last time out.

And top trainers Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls face off in the bumper at 5.55pm with Act Alone and Very Noble, respectively.