Good times for Twiston-Davies
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies was delighted to see Changing Times get off the mark over fences at third attempt with a neat round of jumping in the Direct 365 Small Business Washroom Services Beginners' Chase at Market Rasen.
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The six-year-old showed some smart form over hurdles in Ireland when trained by Oliver McKiernan and made a decent start for new connections by filling the runner-up spot at Carlisle and Taunton respectively.
Once again tackling a right-handed track, the 4-6 favourite was sent straight to the lead by Sam Twiston-Davies and produced some fine leaps heading down the back straight to leave three of his four rivals toiling.
Main market rival Monturgeon briefly threatened to make a race of it once straightened up for home, but Changing Times eventually saw him off by five lengths.
"I'm very pleased with that and I thought he jumped really well," said the winning trainer.
"He has to go this way round, that is just a bit of a quirk he has unfortunately, but there will be other opportunities for him.
"I'm not sure where he'll go next. We'll go through the book and try to find him something around Christmas time."
Tony McCoy delivered Mister Hyde with a well-timed late challenge to secure a narrow triumph in the Direct 365 Handicap Chase.
Fitted with a visor for the first time, the Jonjo O'Neill runner tracked fellow 11-8 joint-favourite Midnight Sail throughout and did him for a turn of foot after the final obstacle, getting up by half a length.
Alan King's consistent but frustrating Midnight Sail was filling the runner-up spot for the fifth time in his last six times.
"The last day in Carlisle he didn't finish. He's not the mentally strongest horse in the world and I'm not sure he had the heart for finishing up that hill there," McCoy said.
"He had one horse to follow today and everything fell right for him. I think he's got more ability than he's shown, but I'm not sure who's going to get it out of him.
"I've done my best to try and coach him a few times, but I'm not sure how long you can keep doing that with him.
There was a turn-up in the Direct 365 Waste Removal And Management "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle as King's odds-on favourite Uxizandre was beaten by lesser fancied stablemate The Mumper.
Uxizandre was the 1-2 favourite on his British debut, but having been ridden patiently early by Robert Thornton, he was ridden along well before the home turn and could only stay on at one pace to claim third.
The Mumper (8-1) had shown some promise in a couple of bumpers before finishing third on his hurdling debut at Plumpton and he saw his race out well under Wayne Hutchinson to claim victory by a length.
Splitting the pair in second was Walkabout Creek, trained by local handler Steve Gollings.
Leading jockey Jason Maguire enjoyed a double on the day, partnering Barry Leavy's 7-4 shot Westlin' Winds to win the claiming hurdle and the Sean Curran-trained Likearollingstone (8-1) to win the Direct 365 Janitorial Solutions Handicap Hurdle.
The latter is owned by former professional footballer Lee Power, who said: "We were a bit worried about the ground, but to be fair he's done it great.
"Jason thinks he might get a little bit further and there might be a little bit left in the tank, so we're really pleased."
James Reveley guided Pickworth (3-1) to a nine-length verdict in the Direct 365 Business Necessities Handicap Chase and Ali Stirling gave 4-1 shot Dark Energy a cool ride to land the Direct 365 Everyday Business Necessities Lady Amateur Riders' Handicap Hurdle.