Caid Du Lin showed his appreciation for a searching gallop when swooping late to take top honours in the Gerard Bertrand Hurst Park Handicap Chase at Ascot.
The Dr Richard Newland-trained six-year-old pounced late in the two-mile-one-furlong contest to defeat long-time leader Speredek by a length and a quarter to complete a double for Sam Twiston-Davies, who had earlier steered Politologue to glory in the Grade Two Christy 1965 Chase.
Newland said of the 12-1 winner: “It was a super run from the horse. The horse is in terrific form and the yard is going great.
“After he won his first novice chase he slightly lost the plot. This was a pretty decent pot and it has worked out. It is a fantastic result.
“He was a bit flat out at the start as they went hard, but they just came back to us. I’ve not really got a plan. He was off 139 today and he will be in the 140s now.
“We might give him a little break and freshen him up for the spring races. He has been quite busy as he has already had five races this season.”
Noel Fehily took the riding plaudits after securing a treble on the card which was initiated by the head success of Doux Pretender (9-2) in the Molton Brown Novices’ Hurdle.
Toby Lawes, assistant to winning trainer Nicky Henderson, said: “Noel very bravely came over to the stands, which worked out well. He said the ground was a bit better there. He’s a very nice horse who will get further.”
Tom Lacey expects plenty more to come from Hazzaar (9-4) after he made an immediate impression on his racecourse debut when completing Fehily’s treble with a three-length victory in the Prince’s Countryside Fund Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
Lacey said: “He has always been very impressive at home, but plenty at home have not delivered on the track. He is a proper horse. He is as good as we’ve had and is up there with Sebastopol. We could possibly come back for the Listed bumper here.”
If The Cap Fits, from the yard of Harry Fry, formed the middle leg of Fehily’s haul when running out a length-and-a-half winner of the Grade Two Coral Hurdle.
Noel Williams can now boast a winner at the Berkshire track on his CV after Sensulano struck gold by half a length in the Trisoft Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.
Williams said: “We’ve had a couple of seconds here, but this is my first winner. To be fair we’ve not had many good enough to bring here.”
Of the 7-1 winner, he added: “She is very tough and I thought she had improved a lot physically for the summer. I said to the owners today if she didn’t run very competitively, I’d be very disappointed.
“I might give her an entry in the mares’ two-and-a-half-mile handicap hurdle at the next Cheltenham meeting.”