Scholfield delivers a fine double at Fontwell

Nick Scholfield.

De Rasher Counter ran out an impressive winner of the Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap Hurdle feature contest (2.45pm) at Fontwell Park yesterday.

Sent off the 11/4 favourite, Nick Scholfield – who rode a double on the day – gave the Emma Lavelle-trained son of Yeats a prominent ride in the extended 2m 3f contest worth £6,238 to the winner.

Racing off an official rating of 124, De Rasher Counter hit the front two fences from home and the six-year-old stuck on well in the closing stages to defeat the Evans Williams’ Morianour by three-and-a-quarter lengths.

Fontwell king Anthony Honeyball saddled My Dance to an eight-length success in the European Breeders Fund (EBF) Mares’ ‘National Hunt’ Maiden Hurdle, which opened the six-race card (1.15pm).

The five-year-old daughter of Kayf Tara broke her maiden tag over timber on her fourth attempt by beating the Seamus Mullins-trained Bee Crossing at odds of 3/1 in the 2m 1f affair.

Scholfield’s first winner of the day came on board Blue April in the 2m 1f Racing Welfare Handicap Hurdle (1.45pm).

Despite a blunder two flights from home, Jeremy Scott’s son of Blue Bresil displayed a likeable attitude to regain his composure and battled to defeat Chris Gordon’s Be Daring, returning at 6/1.

Favourite backers were left with their hearts in their mouths when 11/10-shot Greyed A pecked on landing six fences from home in the Follow Us On Twitter At fontwellpark Handicap Chase over 3m 2f (2.15pm).

Yet Sam Twiston-Davies managed to stay calm on the Dr Richard Newland’s seven-year-old Daylami gelding and Greyed A surged to an eight-length success, earning a double at Fontwell after his victory at the venue last month.

Twelve-year-old Cody Wyoming rolled back the years to deliver a seven-length victory in the Racing Welfare 24 Hour Helpline 08006300443 Handicap Chase (3.15pm) under Harry Bannister at odds of 9/1.

The Happy Birthday Tom Maiden Hurdle (3.45pm) closed the card and Oliver Sherwood’s 7/4 shot Seaston Spirit won over obstacles on his first attempt over the 2m 3f distance in the hands of Leighton Aspell.

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