Taquin Du Seuil and AP McCoy got the better of the JP McManus owned Uxizandre in the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.
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McCoy was board Uxizandre when he disappointed at Warwick and gained permission from his retainer to ride Jonjo O'Neill's charge and he had to be at his strongest in the saddle to win the two and a half mile Grade One.
There was drama at the first fence when Oscar Whisky and Mozoltov departed as Robert Thornton set a furious gallop aboard the eventual runner-up.
The pace slowed up at halfway, allowing the field to re-group and there was more drama when Djakadam fell hampering a couple of rivals, including stablemare and favourite Felix Yonger.
Uxizandre had been tracked throughout by Double Ross and he threw down a strong challenge as McCoy threaded his way between the pair at the last.
Double Ross was the first to crack as the other pair battled up the hill with Taquin Du Seuil getting on top close home to score by three parts of a length at 7/1.
McCoy said: "I'm a bit gutted I beat my boss (McManus), but obviously delighted for Jonjo. I always had great faith in this horse. He stays well and is quite cute, he saves a little bit for himself. I'm delighted for Jonjo. He's a great fellow to work for."
The winning trainer added: "The horses are running well and they are in great form coming here. I am very happy with the way things are going but it was nice to get that one because I do like this horse. I think he is a really good horse and a horse for the future. Hopefully he will step up to Gold Cup class. There's no reason not to hope he won't be a Gold Cup horse after that."
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"AP makes all of the difference. When I knew that we had the chance of AP riding him and JP said that it was fine, I was really full of confidence, I was really thrilled. He knows the horse, knows how to ride him. The horse got a bit close to a few down the back but, if AP had asked him, he would have put him in the race too quick. Everything went according to plan, so it all worked out well.
"We wanted a good gallop and AP was comfortable to lie up behind them, the horse likes a good lead and stays well. He jumped very well today.
"I'd say when AP saw JP's horse in front, he thought he'd better pull his finger out! I'm glad AP has had a winner this week and I thought his ride when second on Get Me Out Of Here yesterday was the ride of the meeting. I love watching him ride - he is in pain today but he's a magic man who is in total control and always in the right place at the right time."
"I'd say when AP saw JP's horse in front, he thought he'd better pull his finger out! I'm glad AP has had a winner this week and I thought his ride when second on Get Me Out Of Here yesterday was the ride of the meeting."
Alan King said of the second: "I'm very proud of him, I thought we had it for a second but it was a tremendous performance. He never missed a beat the whole way round, we felt we disappointed him at Warwick dropping him in so Choc (Thornton) wanted to make use of him.
"The race brought him on a good bit and though he went a good gallop he wasn't overdoing it. He has to go left-handed which rules Punchestown out. Aintree is possible or maybe the Future Champions at Ayr."
Nigel Twiston-Davies is also likely to head to Aintree with Double Ross. The Naunton handler said: "He's run another great race and I'm very happy with him. He'll probably go on to Liverpool now."