Uncle the man for Johnson

  • Last Updated: February 24 2013, 17:31 GMT

Uncle Jimmy (9/4) profited from the early depature of well-supported favourite, Seabright in the opening contest on Fontwell's National Spirit card.

Richard Johnson: Opening winner at Fontwell
Richard Johnson: Opening winner at Fontwell

Victor Dartnall's charge was bidding for a hat-trick but made an unfortunate departure on the first circuit - leaving the race wide open.

The winner, who had already scored at Fontwell over 2m4f looked to be struggling in the closing stages but he had built up enough of a lead to still be five lengths clear of Royal Native at the finish.

Three of the five participants looked in with a chance in the Josh Gifford Memorial Novices' Chase but it was Shoegazer (7/4) that was to prevail.

David Pipe's charge has been struggling to win in handicaps but he appeared to appreciate this return to novice company to wrestle the prize from Poungach.

Time To Think (4/1) was left with what looked to be an unsurmountable lead with the departure of Kind Of Easy at the third last in the totequadpot At totepool.com Handicap Chase.

Seamus Mullins' mare began to tire rapidly once left on her own but she exhibited plenty of grit to repel the closing pair of Financial Climate and Meet The Critics.

Radetsky March (11/10f) made light work of his opposition in the Foxhunter Trial to score by a heavily eased five lengths.

Lava Lamp (10/1) won a handicap off a mark of 125 last year but a series of poor performances saw him plummet to 106 and he made the assessor pay under 10lb conditional, Conor Ring.

The bookmakers also got the better of the argument in the closing bumper as the unraced Unowhatimeanharry was a 14/1 boilover from the Helen Nelmes stable.

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