Toubeera delights trainer
A round-up of the rest of the action from Haydock Park, where Venetia Williams and Ian Williams both had reason for cheer.
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After the one-two in the Betfred Grand National Trial, a good day for Venetia Williams was made even better when the mare Toubeera (5/1) beat the boys in the Grade Two Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.
Kaki De La Pree went with her over the last few flights but the concession of 10lb proved too much and she pulled away to win by 12 lengths.
"When I took her to Exeter to win her fourth race this was very much an afterthought, but with her mares' allowance and the ground as it was we decided to run," said Williams.
"She's not in at Cheltenham, she won't have her ground, so we'll probably look for another mares race somewhere."
David Pipe's horses are always fit as fleas first time out and Top Wood (25/1) certainly had to be to make every yard of the running in the latest Pertemps Qualifier.
Having his first outing for 388 days, Conor O'Farrell bounced him out in front and stretched the field on the second circuit, with the advantage he gained down the back straight crucial.
Pipe's representative, Gerry Supple, said: "He's qualified for the final now but it's not set in stone.
"He's had no problems we've just kept him fresh for this time of year."
Tony McCoy made the journey worthwhile with an effortless success on the Ian Williams-trained Bobcatbilly (3/1 joint-favourite) in the Betfred-sponsored two-mile-five handicap chase, while Ockey De Neulliac (8/1) just held on in the CGA Foxhunter Trial Walrus Open Hunters' Chase.