Parsnip team thrilled with Pete
Parsnip Pete was welcomed back by the happy members of The Parsnips after he continued on the upgrade in the Burges Salmon Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.
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The race was really trainer Tom George's second preference but he had no complaints as the 5-2 favourite added to his success at Haydock a month ago.
McCoy and Kruzhlinin made a brave fist of leading throughout the trip of just over two miles but Paddy Brennan and Parsnip Pete finished with purpose and was a length and a half too strong.
"I wanted to run on Saturday but I wasn't allowed - it's a big meeting of the Beaufort Hunt and the owners are local to the area," said George.
"The horse has taken quite a long time to come together, he was very keen as a young horse but has done it nicely today.
"He won't run for a month."
Nigel Twiston-Davies would like African Gold (8-1) to make up into a Cheltenham Festival prospect following his striking victory in the CSP Novices' Handicap Hurdle.
Now a winner of three of his four starts under Rules, the four-year-old could be spotted making stealthy progress behind the leaders turning for home and was alongside the well-backed Faultless Feelings by the second-last.
Although conceding the rail to his rival, the trainer's son, Sam, got a better tune out of his mount and came home three and a half lengths in front.
"You'd hope he might end up as a long-distance Cheltenham novice type," said Twiston-Davies snr.
"I think he's a nice horse. He's still quite green and would appreciate better ground."
Sizing Santiago claimed an eventful Sportingbet Handicap Chase for Peter Bowen and Jamie Moore.
Sent off at 9-1 following a good run in defeat at Cheltenham's Open meeting a fortnight ago, Sizing Santiago was never too far off the pace in the extended two-mile-six-furlong contest and moved into the lead on the run to the third-last.
The challengers were queuing up to have a crack at him all the way up the straight but Sizing Santiago held on grimly to score by a length from Our Bomber Harris.
The horse to take from the race was undoubtedly Rigadin De Beauchene, whose conditional jockey Robert Dunne performed miracles to stay in the saddle following a horrendous mistake four fences from home.
Just when it looked as though his chance had gone, he rallied to grab third spot and was probably unlucky not to win.
Dunne said: "It helped that he kept straight, so I was able to hang on.
"Coming to the second-last, I still thought I was going to win but he is not a nimble horse and that put an end to it."
Bowen said of the winner: "I got him at the May sales, and I wanted him because he is a half-brother to Take The Stand.
"He's only a six-year-old and is actually better than Take The Stand was at his age.
"We'll see what the handicapper does now."
Harry Fry, who now has Rock On Ruby running under his name, took the John Banks Legendary Bookmaker bumper when Oscar Rock (7-2) repelled the McCoy-ridden 11-4 favourite Gone Too Far.