Southern National contenders revealed

Five course winners feature among the 17 entries for the totepool Southern National Handicap Chase at Fontwell Park on Sunday (2.05pm).

Monday, 13th November 2017, 2:58 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:50 pm
Killala Quay, stable-mate of Azure Fly

Coolking, Fergal Mael Duin, Gingili, Solstice Son and Wizards Bridge are all pencilled in for the gruelling 3m 3f test in West Sussex.

Neil Mulholland’s Doing Fine is the top-rated entry at 137, while Wizards Bridge is joined by Morney Wing and Rigadin De Beauchene on a mark of 119.

The latter, who hails from the yard of Venetia Williams, and Fergal O’Brien’s Alvarado are the oldest horses among the possibles at 12.

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Azure Fly, trained by Charlie Longsdon

David Dennis has entered six-year-old Cyclop. While Bugsie Malone, Cresswell Breeze and Johnny Farrelly’s Gingili - a winner on the course in August - are seven.

Alongside Anthony Honeyball (Solstice Son, Cresswell Breeze) and Colin Tizzard (Fergal Mael Duin, Wizards Bridge), Charlie Longsdon is also double-handed.

The Chipping Norton trainer has has both Azure Fly and Killala Quay entered, while Mosspark is in the mix for Emma Lavelle.

Any horse arriving from David Pipe’s Pond House powerbase would have to be respected and he has Rathlin Rose - twice a winner at Sandown in the spring - in the mix.

Shelford, trained by Dan Skelton

The entries are completed by Dan Skelton’s Shelford, who has not been outside the first three in his six chase starts since finishing sixth in the National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell in February.

A total of 115 horses have been entered across Sunday’s seven-race card, which begins with the toteplacepot Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at 12.20pm.

Gates open at 10.20am with the last race - the Handicap Chase - off at 3.50pm. Click here for the full card. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Gingili, trained by Johnny Farrelly
Solstice Son, trained by Anthony Honeyball