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Fontwell Racecourse Guide

Type of Racing: National Hunt Only.

Highlights: The National Spirit Hurdle used to be a Champion Hurdle trial over 18f but has since increased the distance to 20f and become a handicap. The Grade 2 National Spirit is regarded more like a World Hurdle trial.

TV Channel: Sky Sports Racing

Bookmaker Streaming Services are Available from Bet 365, Betfair, Coral, Hills and Unibet.

If you are visiting Fontwell races today then be sure to download the OLBG App for up-to-the-minute Fontwell tips.

* All statistics below are based on the previous five years at Fontwell

Fontwell Outright Favourite Statistics

  • Handicap Chases: 81-204 (40%) -10.05
  • Handicap Hurdles: 75-219 (34%) -20.42
  • Non-Handicap Chases: 19-34 (56%) -2.09
  • Non-Handicap Hurdles: 69-142 (49%) -13.18

Fontwell Racecourse Map

Although Fontwell is classed as a left-handed track, the chase course is actually a figure-of-eight on the inside of the oval hurdles course. It is situated a few miles south east from Goodwood, close to Chichester, and due north of Bognor Regis.

Racecourse Address: Arundel Road, Fontwell, Arundel, BN18 0SY

Racecourse Telephone Number: 01243 543335

To buy tickets for a race day at Fontwell, head over to their official ticket booking webpage

Fontwell National Hunt Racecourse Map
Fontwell National Hunt Racecourse Map

How to get the best Fontwell tips

Fontwell's chase course is a unique figure of eight configurations and is very much a 'horses for courses' track so paying close attention to local trainers is a good move as their runners race regularly here and many develop a strong track suitability trend. 

Sussex trainer Gary Moore has more runners at the track than any other operation and will often have multiple entries, the second string and less fancied should not be ignored.

Many front-runners look like being hauled in but can be difficult to catch, more hold on than may be expected.

On soft or heavy going particularly over hurdles, the better ground can often be found by steering a wide track. 

Also worth noting, tired horses on the hurdles run-in can be distracted by the paddock entrance as they approach the finish.

Fontwell is a specialist track so it's worth checking out the tips from OLBG's best horse racing tipsters.

Visit the OLBG tips pages to view the daily tips and comments by the horse racing tipsters.

Fontwell Jockey & Trainer Statistics

Who are the best national hunt jockeys and trainers to bet on at Fontwell?

Following A J Honeyball would have returned a profit here at Fontwell with an LSP of +28.05 and their forty winners have them at the head of the profitable trainers' list. G L Moore does lead the trainers' list overall with seventy-seven winners but shows an overall loss. When looking at trainers and looking for some eachway value at Fontwell then the trainer who shows the best eachway profit is Mark Gillard, that LSP is +49.13 which has been accumulated by a total of five placings which includes two winners. At the other end of the spectrum is J W Mullins who has a terrible record at Fontwell, of all the trainers their LSP of -68.79 is the worse, they have an 8% strike rate with ten winners from one hundred thirty-three runners.

Whilst Jamie Moore is the most successful jockey at Fontwell with a total of forty-five winners, if you backed all of their rides you would be showing a loss. Tom J Cannon is the most successful jockey at Fontwell for those who show a profit if backing all their rides thanks to a total of twenty-nine winners and an LSP of +28.67. If you are more of an eachway player then you may want to know which jockey is best to follow at Fontwell and that would be Charlie Price who shows the best eachway LSP which is +51.79 thanks to their five placings (one winner). With an LSP of -65.87 at Fontwell, Niall F Houlihan heads the list for worst jockeys at this course, which is a result of thirteen winners from one hundred fourteen rides which is a strike rate of 11%.

Fontwell Picks & Hints

Here are some factors at Fontwell for certain trainers or jockeys which have been profitable:

  • 5-11 (45%) +15.75 - Backing Tom J Cannon rides when in a NH Flat race
  • 7-8 (88%) +13.25 - Backing P F Nicholls runners when over a trip of 2m5½f
  • 5-8 (63%) +13.75 - Backing A J Honeyball runners when horses are aged 8yo
  • 6-10 (60%) +14.04 - Backing Tom J Cannon rides when over a trip of 2m1½f
  • 16-35 (46%) +10.09 - Backing A J Honeyball runners when horses are aged 6yo

Fontwell Top Jockey and Trainer Combinations

Here are the best trainer and jockey combinations here at Fontwell based on the number of winners:

  • 33 Wins: G L Moore & Jamie Moore
  • 25 Wins: G L Moore & Joshua Moore
  • 16 Wins: C Gordon & Tom J Cannon
  • 14 Wins: A J Honeyball & Rex Dingle
  • 12 Wins: Jamie Snowden & Gavin Sheehan

Fontwell Top Trainers By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

A J Honeyball110-40-58+28.05+1.91
C Gordon196-33-65+24.68+3.71
N P Mulholland176-26-60+15.43-18.67
O Sherwood76-17-33+3.14+1.40
Robert Walford69-13-26+17.02+8.50
Evan Williams53-11-17+14.81+6.14
D G Bridgwater41-10-17+8.55+6.91
T Lawes37-7-16+5.38+3.91
Mrs Alex Dunn36-7-12+6.88-5.49
P G Murphy28-6-10+2.13-3.93

Fontwell Top Jockeys By Most Winners and a Level Stakes Profit

Tom J Cannon158-29-56+28.67+2.74
Gavin Sheehan119-28-48+21.12-3.71
Joshua Moore123-26-56+36.25+21.80
Rex Dingle109-23-45+9.56+4.98
Sam Twiston-Davies100-21-36+26.25-7.08
Brendan Powell115-17-37+43.01+31.57
Marc Goldstein111-12-27+86.75+46.31
Tom Scudamore58-12-24+19.76+14.55
Ben Godfrey36-12-20+2.86+0.89
Harry Kimber58-11-16+6.53-2.75

With a huge combined experience of horse racing between them, this content has been created and is maintained by Darren Brett, James Banting and Andy Powell. All of the data for Fontwell Racecourse which includes the favourite statistics and the trainer and jockey statistics have been created using results from HorseRaceBase.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field of horse racing. He has a thorough understanding of the sport, from analyzing complex statistical data to being part of a winning syndicate at the Cheltenham Festival. Andy is responsible for managing the horse racing trend blogs on OLBG.
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