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All About the Horse returns to Fontwell Park

Wed, Jan 30, 2013

On Sunday 24th February, our sister course Fontwell Park hosts it's first feature meeting of 2013 will see the All About The Horse Raceday return to Fontwell Park. Racegoers will have the opportunity to learn all about the Sport of Kings with some great entertainment themed around the racehorse.

Along with 7 races, entertainment such as Meet The Racehorse, Pony Rides, a Racehorse Simulator and a Farrier demonstration will feature in the running order of the day, with a live auction raising money for the Racehorse Sanctuary in the Parade Ring after the second race.

London 2012 Olympic Silver Medallist, Tina Cook, will also be at Fontwell Park showing off her medal and giving a live interview talking through her Cross Country round in the Team Eventing in July last year. This will be a fitting appearance for Tina, as the second race will be run for the Josh Gifford Cup in memory of her late father, a former Champion jockey & Grand National winning trainer. Josh Gifford died in February 2012 and was a keen supporter at Fontwell Park.

The feature race on the card will be the running of the totepool National Spirit Hurdle; Fontwell Park's richest race with prize money increased from £29,000 in 2012 to £50,000 this year. Clerk of the Course, Edward Arkell said "I'm delighted that our plans to increase the prize money for this race were passed by our board of directors. We are committed to increasing the prize money & quality of racing here at Fontwell and we have made a number of upgrades to the programme. We have now included a Class 3 race in most of our race programmes to create a feature race on even weekday racing."

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Emma Newbury / Stuart Dorn