Trainer Martin Smith was instantly rewarded for the £85 he paid to enlist the help of jumping guru Yogi Breisner after Arch My Boy made a winning debut over hurdles at Fakenham.
Having made three starts on the Flat since finishing down the field in last year’s Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, the five-year-old put in a slick round of jumping to take the Barnham Church of England Primary School Maiden Hurdle by nine lengths.
Smith said of the 11-8 winner: “Massive credit goes to Yogi Breisner, who got the horse’s confidence back.
“He just got the horse going forward again. Leighton (Aspell) suggested one morning that I should get him down.
“He was going to the British Racing School and said he would see us as well. It cost £85, but it was worth every penny!”
A step up to Grade One company for the Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle is likely to be next according to the Newmarket handler.
Smith added: “It looks like we will have a day out at Aintree on Grand National day for the two-and-a-half-mile novice there. Leighton said he would not put us off going.”
Neil King looks on course to eclipse his seasonal-best total of 34, after Canyon City put him on the 32-winner mark for the campaign when finishing with a flourish to clinch the feature Fakenham Skips Recycling For Fakenham Racecourse Handicap Hurdle by half a length.
King said of the 9-5 scorer: “To be fair we have wanted to step him up to this sort of trip (extended two-mile-seven-furlongs) and this was the first opportunity to do that.
“We needed to find a bit more improvement and he has done that. His turn of foot has helped at the end.
“Bryony (Frost) knows the shortest way round here and she gave him a superb ride after cutting every corner before pulling the horse out at the right time.”
The Norfolk track is fast becoming a favourite of trainer Christian Williams and Fifty Shades (11-4) gave him his fourth winner at the course in 2019 when leaving an odds-on defeat at Catterick behind in the Fakenham Racecourse Supports Racing To School Handicap Chase.
Winning rider James Bowen said: “He took a while to warm up, but he finished strongly.
“He jumped well the whole way round. When I needed a good jump at the last he gave it to me and he landed running.”
Following the race jockey Benjamin Brackenbury was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital with suspected rib and sternum injuries after parting company with the Alex Hales-trained Tinker Time.
There was no hiding the delight in trainer Sarah Humphrey after diminutive mare Stonebrigg Legend (13-8) finally shed her maiden status at the 16th attempt when holding off Primal Focus by three and a quarter lengths in the Shereford Handicap Chase.
Humphrey said: “She is tiny, but she has just got the most superb attitude and just wants to do it. She gives 110 per cent every single time.
“I really bought her for my son William to ride in amateur races over hurdles and fences as she is such a good jumper, but there are not many about.
“I’m sure there will be other races back here for her as she goes on any ground.”