By Rich Hook
The Royal Wedding proved a double-winner for punters at Fontwell Park tonight [Fri 29].
Fresh from watching the momentous events in London, thousand’s packed into the Sussex racecourse, mostly with the first race in mind.
Don Trangmar’s horse Royal Wedding was backed down to favourite with many bookmakers at the track thanks to a patriotic crowd.
Royal Wedding got off to good start taking them out alongside Tote favourite PSI. The field was compact through the first lap of the distinctive figure-of-eight course, before Royal Wedding and PSI stretched out a three-length lead.
As PSI fell on the turn to home, it left Royal Wedding with a clear lead as the noise from the grandstand reached a crescendo. The crowd collectively gasped as the topically-named horse stumbled with two fences to go, allowing Take a Mile to close, but it held on to spark a second Royal celebration of the day.
Former Marks & Spencer’s director, Don Trangmar, owns Royal Wedding and said his horse’s win would bring some much-needed positive publicity for the sport.
Winning jockey Liam Treadwell has tasted victory at the Grand National, but said this result was just as satisfying.
He said: “I’m delighted to have won in front of this crowd. It’s been a great atmosphere here today, on the same level as Cheltenham [Festival]. The horse dug deep at the finish, and I know it’s got a lot more wins in him yet.”
The win proved popular with local visitors to the track, including Charlotte Allen from Worthing.
She said: “I don’t normally bet but when I read about this horse running on the same day as the Wedding, I had to back it. When it came in, I think I was nearly as happy as Kate!”
It’s not known whether William or Kate watched the race themselves after their nuptials, but the win ensured a happy Royal Wedding night for all those at Fontwell Park.
Reports on rest of card and Take That tribute performance at Fontwell Park to follow