SEE YOU SOMETIME posted one of the big-race shocks of the season so far with an 18-1 success in the Grade Two HBLB Cotswold Chase at Wincanton.
In a contest which shed no light on the Cheltenham Gold Cup picture, the Seamus Mullins-trained gelding got the better of a protracted duel with 6-4 joint-favourite Royal Auclair after One Knight, the other market leader, had unshipped Richard Johnson at the second.
Ollie Magern was left in front at that point only to weaken right out of contention as See You Sometime and Royal Auclair had a private battle for most of the final circuit.
Christian Williams sent Royal Auclair to the front nine fences out, but surrendered it when his mount was awkward at the cross fence four from home.
All the way up the straight See You Sometime and Andrew Thornton were going the better, eventually scoring by a length and a quarter, with Ballycassidy and Ollie Magern beaten a distance.
For Mullins, the victory provided a welcome rise out of the doldrums for his Amesbury stable.
See You Sometime was the only runner without the Gold Cup entry and it is far from certain that he will run at the Festival at all.
Mullins explained: "He will be entered for the Ryanair Chase over two miles and five furlongs, but he could just as easily wait for Aintree or Punchestown.
"He’s a small horse and doesn’t like being taken on in handicaps. The key to him is to run him in small fields like this.
"I’m proud of the way he did it. That’s a great way to get me out of the cold spot."
Paul Nicholls, who created racing history at the last Wincanton meeting by sending out six winners, continued the good work with a short-priced treble at his local track, courtesy of Gungadu, Cerium and Kicks For Free.
Kicks For Free had impressed on his debut in a similar event here a month previously and this effort was every bit as good as rider Liam Heard barely let out an inch of reign as the five-year-old eased to a length success over Stripe Me Blue.