Rothman gets off the mark at Fontwell

Paul Nicholls trains Rothman
Paul Nicholls trains Rothman
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Rothman took his chance at Fontwell to kickstart his chasing career.

The Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old had disappointed in his two starts over fences this summer.

But he opened his account in style in West Sussex as he beat odds-on favourite Mile House by 12 lengths in the Invest With Confidence At Beginners’ Chase.

Having hit the front at the 10th fence, the son of Michel Georges – who returned a 3/1 starting price – quickened clear before he was eased down by jockey Sam Twiston-Davies on the run-in.

Elsewhere on the Armed Forces Raceday, Jonjo O’Neill saddled Church Field to a 4/1 success in the International Payment-First Past The Post Handicap Hurdle.

The Equiniti Fintech For Wealth Solutions Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle went to 9/4-shot Native Princess, with 10/11-favourite Dry Ol’Party having to settled for second spot.

Quadriller justified his status as 9/4 favourite with victory in the Equiniti Handicap Chase.

Popping Along (2/1) beat even-money favourite Royal Battalion in the Selftrade Simply Smarter Investing Handicap Hurdle.

Rusty Nail was a 20-length winner of the Equiniti International Payment Handicap Chase at 9/2.

And the final race – the Equiniti International Payment Handicap Chase – was won by Lee Side Lady at 5/2.