Powell hits half century mark
Brendan Powell celebrated his 500th success as a trainer when Award Winner did the business at Uttoxeter.
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The JP McManus-owned gelding was winning for the ninth time when getting home at odds of 12-1 in the 32Red Casino Handicap Hurdle.
Award Winner was always going well in the hands of Tony McCoy before gaining a healthy advantage at the last to score by a length and three-quarters from Always Bold.
Powell, who won the Grand National on Rhyme 'n' Reason in 1988, said: "He's a smashing horse. He's had plenty of problems but he is what he is. I think nothing else went on the ground and he did.
"He wins his two or three for us every year and he's done it again
"I've been training for 12 years and we average around 45 to 50 winners a year.
"When you've got a yard with 35 to 40 horses, as long as we can keep it going we'll be happy.
"That was my 25th winner for JP (McManus) as well, so that was nice. AP (McCoy) has been good to me over the years. He does some schooling for me and it's nice to give him a winner."
Jockeys Alain Cawley and Kielan Woods fell foul of the stewards after that race.
Cawley, rider of runner-up Always Bold, was banned for two days (January 14 and 15) for using his whip above the permitted level.
Woods, who claims 3lb, was suspended for seven days for a similar offence on third-placed Be My Light. The conditional is sidelined from January 14 to 20 inclusive.
McCoy was in double-winning form, having earlier scored in the same colours on Shutthefrontdoor (15-8) in the 32Red.com Maiden Hurdle.
Jonjo O'Neill's charge brushed aside the favourite Key To The West between the last two flights to score by 16 lengths.
Another Grand National-winning jockey to get on the score sheet at the Staffordshire track was Somerset trainer Nigel Hawke.
Successful on Seagram in the 1991 Aintree showpiece, Hawke sent out Anay Turge (15-8) to land the Bulmers No.17 Handicap Chase by four and a half lengths from Sawpit Supreme under 3lb claimer Mark Quinlan.
Salut Honore (9-2) slammed the only other finisher Landenstown Star after four set out for the three-mile 32Red Handicap Chase.
Alex Hales' charge pulled away after three out in the hands of Will Kennedy to beat the 10-11 favourite by 43 lengths.
Prickles (9-2) made the long journey from Richard Woollacott's yard pay off when making all in the Bulmers Original Handicap Hurdle.
The mare pulled out all the stops for 5lb claimer Micheal Nolan to hold Go Annie by three-quarters of a length.
Bally Sands (12-1) wore down the game long-time leader Gwladys Street after a hard-fought duel to take the Uttoxeter Twitterati Handicap Hurdle for owner/trainer Robin Mathew.
The leading pair pulled 25 lengths clear of the remainder but it was Bally Sands, ridden by 5lb claimer Ed Cookson, who prevailed by half a length.
The concluding bumper went to Horizontal Speed (9-4), who got the better of market rival Salto Chisco by five lengths for the team of trainer Philip Hobbs and jockey Richard Johnson.