Modus (5/1) made light work of testing conditions in the Listed EBF Junior Standard National Hunt Flat Race at Cheltenham.
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The colours of David Deer may be more readily associated with success on the Flat but he could have unearthed a useful National Hunt prospect with the son of Motivator.
In cold, wet and muddy conditions, his supporters had the joy of seeing his bright white and blue silks making effortless progress from halfway and having come to dispute the lead with Puzzle Time and Looks Like Power, he soon put those rivals to the sword and surged clear.
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In the end, the gelding finished some 13 lengths ahead of second-placed Adeupas D'Ycy as debutant Solstice Star ran on to be an eyecatching third.
Winning trainer Robert Stephens said: "He was impressive in his first run at Exeter and now it's up to Mr Deer whether he goes Flat or National Hunt. The way he won he looks among the nicest bumper winners we've seen so far."