RACHAEL GREEN kept up her impressive strike rate at Fontwell yesterday.
The talented former point-to-point jockey bagged a double at the West Sussex track’s maiden two-day festival last month.
And yesterday she hit the target again with victory on Cresswell Crusader in the Warwick Davis (Insurance Consultants) Ltd Handicap Hurdle.
Green called time on her prolific career between the flags when she joined Anthony Honeyball’s Dorset-based yard.
Prior to yesterday’s meeting, she had recorded three wins from five appearances at Fontwell.
But after Cresswell Crusader’s victory over Promised Wings by a neck, she had taken her tally to four triumphs.
It was an excellent win for the seven-year-old gelding and his rider, too.
After taking up the running at the last, he looked to be treading water as he climbed the hill to the post.
But Green cajoled every drop of effort from her mount, practically carrying him over the line to justify 6/4-favouritism.
Green was unable to follow the victory up in the last race, as debutant Velator – also trained by Honeyball – finished ninth in the digibet.com bumper.
Financial Climate’s 14/1 win for Oliver Sherwood and Pulborough-based jockey Leighton Aspell did little to dampen Green’s mood, though.
Elsewhere on the seven-race card, hot favourite Silver Gypsy was the shock loser of the Bay Studios Signs & Print – Littlehampton Mares’ Beginners’ Chase.
More impressive over hurdles than both of her rivals in the three-runner contest, Donald McCain Jnr’s charge was unable to translate her form to fences and was an 18-length second to the David Rees-trained Rith Bob (4/1).
The heavy ground was unlikely to have been Silver Gypsy’s undoing, leaving her plenty to prove next time out.
The opening race – the Freddie Fowler’s 80th Birthday Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle – went to Emma Lavelle’s Kusadiki at 12/1.
Little fancied despite two encouraging fourth-place finishes in bumpers, the five-year-old son of Tobougg stayed on to beat Duke Of Monmouth.
Promising conditional jockey Conor Quish had his celebrations cut short, though, when he was hit with a five-day ban for overuse of the whip.
Magot De Grugy won the Niche Discretionary Fund Management Handicap Chase at 3/1.
Azulada Bay demolished his rivals in the Colin Taylor 50th Birthday Celebration Handicap Hurdle, winning by 34 lengths off top weight to land odds of 7/2.
The Brian Toop Memorial Handicap Chase went to Ede’s, who held off favourite Chestnut Ben for a 9/2 victory.