Grand start at Wincanton
Grandioso (7/2) made the perfect start to his new career over fences in the Weatherbys Johnny Worrall Lifetime In Racing Beginners' Chase under a confident Daryl Jacob ride.
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Jacob's fortunes later took a turn for the worse when he received a 10-day suspension from the stewards, but the jockey produced a polished performance in the saddle here.
Trained by Paul Nicholls and representing owner Graham Wylie, Grandioso was no superstar over hurdles but immediately looks like taking higher rank over bigger obstacles.
After taking a lead from the returning Coole River, Jacob waited in behind the leader before jumping to the front at the second-last fence.
His mount quickened clear to beat the former Jessica Harrington-trained runner, who was having his first start for over 1000 days, by two and a quarter lengths.
Back in third was Renard D'Irlande who benefited from an amazing recovery from Aidan Coleman after a mistake down the back straight.
Jacob told Racing UK: "He was a bit guessy at the first couple of fences but after that he backed off and jumped really well.
"Considering the ground wasn't ideal for him he's done that really well.
"He's still relatively inexperienced, even when he's in front at home he doesn't do a whole lot so he had a bit of a look around but it's open enough out there and he was probably getting tired.
"I think on better ground three miles wouldn't be a problem but on this sort of ground two-five is far enough.
"That was a decent race, we went an even gallop, the second was a Grade Two winner over hurdles a couple of years ago.
"He's won now so he's obviously going the right way."
Andrew Thornton will have taken plenty of pleasure out of getting Goring One (9-4) to catch Plein Pouvoir in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Silver Buck Handicap Chase.
Plein Pouvoir had put up a spring-heeled display of jumping from the front and appeared to have everything under control entering the straight.
Yet despite being some 10 lengths adrift, Thornton refused to accept defeat and ended up winning going away by a length and a quarter.
"I always thought I had a chance because I thought the other horse might not stay," said Thornton.
"My horse likes to make the running but when you're going a good gallop like that I thought there was no need to try and take him on.
"I knew if I was good enough I'd outstay him. To be fair he doesn't really like that ground but he's getting a bit older now and is learning to handle it that bit better.
"He's not over-big but he's gutsy and determined. He seems to like it round here."
Call Me Sir (9/2) is seen as a family pet for the Gardner family and trainer Susan and daughter Lucy were over the moon after his win in the Racing Welfare Racehorse Owners "National Hunt" Novices' Handicap Hurdle.
"It means a lot as we've had him since he was an unbroken four-year-old and he's been a nightmare to train one way or another," said the winning trainer.
"He was very difficult to settle in his early days and then he had problems, like they do.
"Lucy has always stuck to him and that's why she rides him. That was brilliant, he's part of the furniture and I'd imagine he'll be with us whatever happens.
"The biggest problem is his legs. I just hope the handicapper doesn't murder him."