Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday Preview & Tips

Every race broken down by Oddschecker to keep you informed about all the racing action at Fontwell Park!

2.10: RED RISING sets a respectable standard in the opener; his trainer has a fine record at the track over the past year, with a 25% strike-rate. His effort on debut for this yard last time out couldn’t have been more impressive and he looks like one with a bright future ahead of him. Dingo Dollar was out of his depth last time but scored impressively at Bangor prior to that and should give the Skelton horse plenty to think about. Queens Present looked unsuited by the drop back in trip last time and should be able to give a better account stepped back up in first-time cheekpieces.

1.Red Rising 2.Dingo Dollar 3.Queens Present

2.40: No prizes for spotting that this is the classiest contest on the card and SHANTOU VILLAGE will be very difficult to beat if he turns up in anything like his best form. He won very well at Cheltenham in October, looking like an exciting prospect and jumping superbly well. He then fell when losing out to Frodon last time and hasn’t been seen since, but his form sets him apart from the rest of this field. He has won over C&D; provided he’s no worse for his fall, he will be tough to pass. Red Hanrahan is another with a C&D win to his name but he has failed to progress since that win and has questions to answer, whilst Moneystown has struggled and finished tailed off in all his races under rules to date. The remaining candidate, Touch Screen, would appear to be out of his depth.

Shantou Village
  1. Shantou Village 2. Red Hanrahan 3.Touch Screen

3.10: Neil Mullholland boasts a strike-rate of 29.41% around here this season and he has Dites Rien in this race. He looked limited earlier in the season, going off at triple figure odds in moderate affairs, but he seemed to improve for his handicap debut last time. Now he appears to be getting the hang of things he should run well, with the slight step up in trip likely to suit him. However, GOODNITESWEETHEART may have been let in lightly by the handicapper. Harry Fry’s charge has been crying out for this step-up in trip and he could improve plenty on his handicap debut. Snippetydoodah won last time out and is a more consistent sort than some; he has a good chance of getting into the places.

1.Goodnitesweetheart 2.Dites Rien 3.Snippetydoodah

3.40: THEPARTYISOVER may be yet to score over the larger obstacles from 21 attempts but he must be of interest after bolting up over timber last time off this same mark. He’s won over a variety of trips on different sorts of ground and he may just prove too well-handicapped for this field. Burgess Dream has been running well this year before a disappointing effort last time. He can be forgiven one poor run and may not have finished progressing just yet. Former point-to-point winner Bandon Bridge could be progressive in this sphere and deserves plenty of respect having won his first effort over the larger obstacles at Warwick last time.

1.Thepartyisover 2.Bandon Bridge 3.Burgess Dream


4.10: The Walberton Maiden Hurdle looks like a competitive affair but it may be worth taking a chance on FISHERMAN FRANK. He has shown ability more than once in his career to date and won a Worcester bumper two starts back at odds of 25/1. He then pulled-up in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, but the fact that these connections had him entered for that race suggest he could be useful. He’s likely to do better the more racing he gets but he may be able to spring a surprise with a particularly useful 3lb claimer Sean Corby in the saddle. Old Harry Rocks is likely to prove popular in the market given his connections and he made a promising start to life over obstacles at Kempton last time. Peggies Venture also contested that race and should be able to bounce back after being well-backed last time.

1.Fisherman Frank 2.Old Harry Rocks 3.Peggies Venture

4.40: The penultimate Mares’ race on the card looks like it could be a trappy betting heat, with plenty of inconsistent performers in the line-up. LAKESHORE LADY looks like one of the more reliable sorts even if her strike-rate suggests the opposite. She has been runner-up in each of her last two starts, finishing a length behind Easter In Paris last time. She arrives 4lb better off with that rival today and the first-time visor could eke out a bit of improvement. Frank N Fair has struggled since his rise in the weights and Kayflin looks better suited to softer ground, so Allotarain could be the danger off a lenient looking mark, despite appearing to be out of form lately.

1.Lakeshore Lady 2.Allotarain 3.Easter In Paris

5.10: KING COOL is a fascinating runner in the last race of the day. The former point-to-point winner was a beaten favourite last time out but lost out to a rival who looks like a progressive sort, winning three of his six starts for his new yard. The booking of 10lb claimer William Clarke will help with the burden of carrying top-weight this time around and he looks capable of gaining compensation for a yard with a 20% strike rate around here this year. Clondaw Bisto has proven effective over course and distance having finished second here at the start of the season and any market move for dual bumper winner Boston De La Roche could be significant on his first start for the Dan Skelton team.

  1. King Cool 2.Clondow Bisto 3.Boston De La Roche
King Cool


The return of Shantou Village is quite possibly the most exciting proposition on today’s card but market rival Red Hanrahan won’t let him have it all his own way. If Neil Mullholland’s charge is back to his best he will be very difficult to beat but the contest makes limited appeal as a betting heat. Fisherman Frank (NAP) was disappointing at Cheltenham in the Champion Bumper but this is a significant drop in class and he will have benefited plenty from that run. It looks like a race that could produce plenty of future winners and may be worth keeping tabs on with an eye on the future.

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