Just what the Doctor ordered
Act Of Kalanisi continued Dr Richard Newland's excellent recent strike-rate when registering his first win over fences at Leicester.
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The six-year-old was the Worcester trainer's fifth win from his last seven runners when taking the John O'Gaunt Novices' Chase.
Fulfilling the promise of an encouraging debut effort over the bigger obstacles at Ascot earlier this month, Act Of Kalanisi (7/4) outpointed Ciceron by seven lengths.
The winner took over from long-time leader Court In Session as they rounded what should have been the final fence which they bypassed after Dubai Crest fell on the first circuit.
"He probably just needed the run at Ascot and it just sharpened him up," said Dr Newland.
"I'm pleased he's got his head in front for the first time for a while and he's been working very nicely at home.
"Hopefully, he can go on from there. It was a good confidence booster.
"I think we'll look to run him once more this side of Christmas.
"I'm not quite sure yet whether to go for another novice with a penalty or we might have a shot at a better race - we'll have a think about it.
"We'll stick to distances from two miles to two four. I've never sure of his trip.
"I thought he might need two four, but a properly run race over two miles on a stiff track is not too bad for him.
"It might even suit him."
Gerard Galligan enjoyed his first winner in the saddle when scoring on Peak Seasons for Michael Chapman in the Castle Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase.
The 9/1 complete outsider of the quintet led approaching four out and jumped well for his rider as he swept to a seven-length victory over Ouest Eclair.
"It's very pleasing because, generally, the horse is insulted by the press, but he is genuine and won by seven lengths today, going away," said Chapman.
"It's Gerard's first winner. He works for me which is why he claimed 10lb."
Galligan and Peak Seasons, a veteran of 127 races, may bid for a quick double in another conditional jockeys' handicap chase over an extended two miles at Fakenham on Tuesday.
"We shall see how the horse is tomorrow morning and make a decision then," said the Market Rasen trainer.
Champion jockey Tony McCoy made it 110 winners for the season when steering home Open Day (5/2 favourite) for his boss JP McManus and trainer Jonjo O'Neill in the Weatherbys Foreign Exchange Handicap Hurdle.
Open Day had been off the track for 18 months before returning at Haydock 19 days earlier and showed he was tuned up by holding Grafite by a length and a half, with Minsky Mine third in a tight race.
Conditional jockey Trevor Whelan brought Ironically (5/1) with a perfectly-timed run to win the Ashby Magna Juvenile Fillies' Hurdle.
The 5lb claimer produced the Neil King-trained four-year-old to head long-time leader Miss Conduct on the run-in to score by two and a half lengths.
Red Rouble outpointed Nom De Guerre after a hard-fought tussle on the run to the line in the Katherine Swynford Handicap Chase.
The 7/2 co-favourite, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies and owned and trained by his fathe,
Nigel, gained the upper hand close home to win by three-quarters of a length.
Another trainer-son combination to strike were John Flint and 7lb claimer Thomas Flint when 7/4 favourite Rowlestone Lad did the business in the Eastwell Selling Hurdle.
The Lucy Wadham-trained Tealissio (5/1), ridden by Dave Crosse, led before two out and soon stamped his authority to lift the Burton Overy Handicap Hurdle by six lengths from the late-finishing Benefit Cut.