RHYS FLINT defied the odds in more ways than one to land the totepool National Spirit Hurdle - Fontwell Park’s richest race of the year.
He rode Kayf Moss to victory in the £50,000 contest that was the centrepiece of the track’s first meeting of 2014 after three abandonments.
Kayf Moss, trained by the jockey’s Bridgend-based father John Flint, took it in a photo finish from Robert Thornton on Meister Eckhart after starting at 16/1.
The clear 2/5 favourite - Paul Nicholls’ Saphir Du Rheu, ridden by Daryl Jacob - failed to live up to expectations and came in a disappointing fourth, with Gary and Josh Moore teaming up to take Chris Pea Green home in third place.
For Flint junior, it was an amazing result just three weeks after suffering a serious leg injury.
See Kayf Moss win in the video at the top of this article
There was another big-priced winner in the toteexacta Pick The First And Second Handicap Hurdle, won by Gerald Tumelty on 10/1 shot Clonusker for trainer Linda Jewell.
That completed a double for Jewell, who had enjoyed success earlier with Fontwell’s current top trainer Tom Cannon, who won the totepool Home of Pool Betting Handicap Chase on Itoldyou at 8/1.
The Sussex-based Moore duo teamed up to take the Bet Placepot With totepool Josh Gifford Memorial Novices’ Chase - in honour of the legendary Sussex-based trainer - with Via Sundown (7/2), while Hot Whiskey N Ice provided cheers for trainer Noel Williams and jockey Wayne Hutchinson in the totepool.com Supports The Racehorse Sanctuary Novices’ Hurdle with a 3/1 victory.
Favourite backers did have some joy - market leader Richards Sundance (5/4) won the Download totepool Live Info App Foxhunter Trial for Victor Dartnall and Matthew Hampton, while identically-priced Otago Trail won the last - the Cheltenham Ante Post Betting At totepool.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race - under Liam Treadwell for Venetia Williams.
Sadly there were no winners among the runners tipped on this website on Saturday evening.
There’s more jumps action at Fontwell on March 5, 15 and 25.
See more from the meeting in the Observer, out on Thursday.