Tizzard's Xaarcet hits the target

  • Last Updated: February 16 2013, 17:09 GMT

Paul Nicholls, successful in the feature with Zarkandar, had earlier struck with Benvolio (17-2) in the Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Handicap Hurdle at Wincanton.

Colin Tizzard: Doubled up at Wincanton

The six-year-old proved game, refusing to let the reluctant Old Tricks go by and scoring by two lengths under Harry Derham.

The trainer said: "He was just doing enough in front and kept galloping to win with his ears pricked.

"He'll go for a three-mile novice in a better race or a handicap, then chasing."

Nicholls' Minellahalfcentury (3-1) looked booked for second for much of the Bathwick Tyres Taunton Novices Hurdle, but stayed on determinedly to overhaul Sail By The Sea and score by ten lengths under Daryl Jacob.

Colin Tizzard supplemented Cue Card's Grade One success at Ascot with a win for Jumps Road (4-1) in the Country Gentlemen's Association Handicap Hurdle.

Then in the finale Tizzard's Xaarcet (11-4 joint-favourite) brought up his hat-trick off top weight in the Bathwick Tyres Salisbury Handicap Hurdle.

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