Nicky Henderson was in double form at Warwick on Wednesday, highlighted by the victory of the promising Pacific De Baune in the Highflyer Bloodstock Novices’ Chase.
A useful novice hurdler, who had undergone a wind operation since he was last seen at Fakenham in April, the five-year-old was sent off at 1-2 in what was a three-runner affair.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Djingle opened up a significant lead at one stage, but was reeled in by Jerry McGrath’s mount before unseating at the last when well in arrears.
Henderson told Racing UK: “He jumped very, very well. You’re always nervous when a horse gets that far in front, you hope they’ll come back and he did have some very respectable form in France, but I think Pacific is pretty good at this (jumping fences).
“He’s won a point-to-point, but he appears to be a good ground two-miler, whereas you think point-to-pointers might want three miles and slow ground. This isn’t that.
“You’d love to do that again before you go up (in class), but you’re virtually not allowed to. It’s very difficult to get the experience into them before they have to go to more grown-up things.
“We’ll have a look around and see what we can find. I probably want to keep going while the ground is this way – he does like good ground.”
Beat That completed the short-priced brace for Seven Barrows, as the 10-11 favourite in the Smarkets Carlow Veterans’ Handicap Chase – another race that attracted just three starters.
Winning rider James Bowen said: “When the horse (Exitas) came to him down the back, he got from A to B very quickly. He fought him off and did it well.
“He’s a Grade One winner in the past, so he’s well able to be winning races like that.”
On a good afternoon for favourites, My Mate Mark (Ben Pauling, even-money) obliged in the Sodick “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle, while Neil King’s Marienstar, also an even-money chance, claimed the Fourpenny Plate Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase.
Erick Le Rouge was a fifth market leader to get his head in front, the 5-4 shot taking the Sodick Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle for trainer Jane Williams and rider Chester Williams.