Harry Skelton continued his whirlwind start to the season in his pursuit of a first Stobart Jump Jockeys Championship after Excellent Team helped him increase his lead at the top of table at Uttoxeter.
While the race for the crown may be in its infancy, the 28-year-old followed up his across-the-card four-timer 24 hours earlier when teaming up with brother and trainer Dan to take the Tommo Handicap Hurdle by half a length.
Skelton said: “It’s a big push for the title this season, but that is a long way away. I’ve just got to keep going as we are.
“The main thing as a jockey is I’ve got to stay safe and work hard and hopefully the horses stay in good form.”
On the 9-4 winner, he added: “He dropped into a realistic grade and kept going well up the straight. When I asked him a few questions he answered.”
Jack Barber enjoyed a winner on his first visit to the Staffordshire track as multiple point-to-point scorer Posh Totty landed the Michael Plant Memorial Novices’ Handicap Chase by three-quarters of a length under Bryony Frost.
The Crewkerne handler said: “She didn’t quite see the three and a quarter miles out at Newton Abbot, but the two-mile-six trip here was perfect and this was her perfect ground. She has been such a lovely horse.”
Salix backed up his win at Huntingdon with an eased-down eight-length success in the enhancedbets.co.uk Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.
Winning jockey Daryl Jacob said of the Ben Pauling-trained 5-4 winner: “They went quick up front and the race just fell apart.
“The step up to two and half miles suited him well, as has the better ground.”