Vulcanite has the power
Vulcanite made a promising start to his fencing career with victory at Hereford on Wednesday.
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A smart hurdler at his best, the Charlie Longsdon-trained five-year-old outpointed Salden Licht - having his first start for 606 days - by three-quarters of a length, the pair both making their chasing debuts.
A good jump at the last took Vulcanite into the lead under Tony McCoy and the evens favourite edged it.
"He's got a bit to learn jumping. He got a bit close to the third last," McCoy told At The Races.
"He didn't have much of an idea about it. He lost momentum and for a simply novicey thing he lost a bit of ground.
"Visually he probably looked impressive, but he wants plenty of practice.
"Alan's (King) horse had been off a long time and my horse probably won't beat him again. My horse won at Fakenham not long ago over hurdles and he's fit. He needs practice but it was nice he won."
McCoy went on to complete a double on the Hughie Morrison-trained Stravita (5/1) after Ajman fell at the final flight when appearing to have the bet365 Handicap Hurdle at his mercy.
The favourite's demise left Stravita to scoot up by 12 lengths.
"You can't buy luck," said McCoy. "It's sad to see one fall but nice that I'm the one coming behind it."
Trainer Alan King and Robert Thornton were out of luck with Salden Licht, but got on the scoresheet with Midnight Appeal (100-30).
The five-times winner over fences opened his account over the smaller obstacles in the bet365 Novices' Hurdle.
"He's a different horse with blinkers on. We've left them off the last twice and he travelled well and jumped well today. It was very straightforward," said Thornton.
"In an ideal world you wouldn't want to be out in front that long, but he stuck at it."
The Venetia William-trained Drumshambo (11-8 favourite) defied top weight of 11st 12lb in the bet365 Handicap Chase.
The six-year-old won what developed into a three-horse war, getting home by two lengths and two and a half lengths from Rody and Anay Turge.
Winning rider Aidan Coleman said: "Two miles is a bit sharp for him and he just got a tip stuck for toe going down the back.
"He picked up turning in and won quite snug in the end though he was flat out.
"He'll get further and he's improving. That was only his fourth run over fences."
Fergal O'Brien's Doubletoilntrouble was another top weight to triumph as the 13-8 favourite saw off Landenstown Star by five lengths under Paddy Brennan in the Poker At bet365 Novices' Handicap Chase.
Brennan said: "He was good today. I turned a fight into a war at Lingfield last time and got beat.
"Today I was happy all the way. It's a big advantage having made a mistake on a horse you can put it right the race after."
Master Of The Sea made most of the running to take the Casino At bet365 Handicap Hurdle for owner/trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and his jockey son Sam, who was unseated shortly after the line by the 4-1 favourite.
The rider said: "He did it on the first circui - he had a look at the chute.
"He was badly backward last year and seems a lot straighter. We gave him a holiday and he's come back stronger."
Noel Fehily on the Longsdon-trained Wadswick Court (15-8) denied McCoy a treble with a short-head verdict over Amifunnyyet in the bet365 Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.