No dramas for L'Eldorado
L'Eldorado delighted his trainer Chris Bealby when defying top weight of 11st 12lb in the Follow gg.com On Facebook Handicap Chase at Towcester.
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The seven-year-old was stepping down in class after finishing fifth in a Listed contest at Wetherby a month ago and was just too good for this opposition.
Tom Messenger set sail some way from home on the 7-2 shot, who responded gamely to shrug aside the challenge of Little Chip and score by six lengths.
"It was a very classy performance carrying top weight on that ground and I think he can win a nice little handicap somewhere in the spring," said Bealby.
"They never want to run again too quickly when they've up that Towcester hill with top weight, so after Christmas we'll see what there is."
Conditional rider Ben Poste enjoyed a double on Abruzzi and Dancing Daffodil.
He struck first on Abruzzi (18-1) in the Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Hurdle.
Leading before the last, the Tom Symonds-trained four-year-old kept on to land his first win by two and three-quarter lengths from Up To Something.
Abruzzi had been beaten no less than 76 lengths on his hurdling debut at Kempton after being badly hampered.
"He had a rough old time at Kempton so it was good to see him back and jumping confidently round here," said Symonds.
"He nearly got knocked over there and from then on he was struggling and flat out. He lost his confidence completely.
"We gave him time to get over it and he showed a lot of grit today.
"He does stay well so it was no surprise to see him gallop up the hill like that."
Dancing Daffodil followed up a Ludlow success eight days later when seeing off Prince Pippin in the Best Racing Blogs On gg.com Handicap Hurdle.
The 4-7 shot took it up after jumping what was the final flight as the last two hurdles were omitted due to the sun to score by a length and a half.
There were also braces for trainer Donald McCain and jockey Jason Maguire courtesy of Moscow Presents and Halo Moon.
Moscow Presents (11-4) capitalised on a final-flight error by Present View to take the Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Maiden Hurdle by three and a half lengths from the odds-on favourite.
Halo Moon (9-4) then made a winning debut in the concluding bumper, beating another favourite in High Ville by nine lengths.
Billybo (4-7 favourite) made a promising first run for Tim Vaughan when easily opening his account over fences in the Follow gg.com On Twitter Handicap Chase.
Last seen under Rules when with Charlie Morlock at Cheltenham in April 2010, Billybo had won a point-to-point 20 months ago.
Despite being 9lb out of the handicap, he made most of the running under Dougie Costello and jumped with aplomb as he sauntered home by 36 lengths.
Woodford County (5-1) had to work hard to make a successful debut over jumps in the Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Novices' Hurdle.
Richard Johnson had to drive the Philip Hobbs-owned and -trained gelding hard to beat the front-running Enter Paradise by a length.