Majala makes most of Fago exit
Majala just held on from His Excellency to complete a hat-trick in the Racing Post Arkle Trial Novices' Chase at Warwick.
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Jason Maguire set out to make all on the Tom George-trained seven-year-old and victory looked assured when the favourite Fago came down at the second-last.
However, Majala tired in the ground and struggled to climb over the final fence. His Excellency came with a wet sail but Majala (2/1) got home with three-quarters of a length to spare.
Paul Nicholls said: "Fago was the one that got away yesterday, as he was travelling hard on the bit when falling.
"I don't like going to Cheltenham on the back of a fall, but he is fine and the Pendil Novice Chase at Kempton or the two miles and one furlong novice at Sandown in the next couple of weeks are options for him."
Tony McCoy made a flying visit ahead of his victory in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and those that took the hint were rewarded with a victory for Ma Filleule (7/4f) in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
Elsewhere, Robert Thornton landed a double on the card through Godmejudge (Evens Fav) for Alan King, and Vice Et Vertu (9/4) for Henry Daly.