Jimmy Frost hung up his riding boots on a winning note after Bohill Lad landed the Exeter Racecourse Conference Centre Handicap Hurdle at Exeter.
On returning to unsaddle Frost, 43, hurled his skull cap into the crowd and declared: ‘‘That’s it! I’m going out on a winning note at one of my local tracks which is brilliant.’’
Frost’s major victories came aboard Little Polveir in the 1989 Grand National and Morley Street, who lifted the Champion Hurdle in 1991. He partnered over 500 winners in his riding career.
He said: ‘‘Every story has to come to an end and I thought I might just go and do it at Newton Abbot next week. But you’ve got to make a decision and I had the perfect ride to win the race and I decided to go as I’d been thinking about it for the last five years.
’’I got a great reception from the crowd which is fantastic and this horse was also my 500th winner so he’s been very good to me as now he’s also my first winner as a trainer, as I took over my father Richard’s licence at the beginning of this month.’’
Meanwhile, Mister One boosted his claims as a live outsider for the Martell Grand National with a battling performance to collect the Tote Devon National Showcase Handicap Chase in the hands of Joe Tizzard.
Trained by Tizzard’s father Colin, the 11-year-old jumped to the head of affairs six fences from home and showed plenty of grit and a top weight to thwart the renewed challenge of Plaid Maid by two-and-a-half lengths.
Tizzard senior said: ‘‘His next race will be the Grand National as he’s best fresh and on this better ground, as he’s got stuck in the mud on his last two outings on soft conditions.
‘‘My son, Joe, was back on board which was a real bonus as he gets on so well with the horse. I would like him to partner the horse at Aintree but he’s going to have other commitments, possibly for his boss Paul Nicholls.’’
However, Mister One is going to need luck on his side to make the cut for the big race as he is currently out of the handicap proper with only 9st 3lbs.
Jockey Tizzard went on to notch a double after Whitenzo showed Kemal’s Council and Young Ottoman a clean pair of heels to land the Draglink 2000 Novices Hurdle by six lengths and a short head respectively.
Winning trainer Paul Nicholls said of the six-year-old, who was switching to hurdles from fences: ‘‘He seemed to have lost his confidence jumping fences so we decided to give him a try over hurdles. He really wants this sort of three-mile trip on this ground.’’
Richard Johnson moved on to the 98 winner mark for the term which is no mean feat as he spent three months sidelined with a broken leg after Polar Prospect proved too tough for favourite Montayral in the Ivor Brimblecombe 70th birthday Novices Chase.
Jockey Nadine Forde partnered her first ever winner after Duello, trained by her boss Martin Pipe, prevailed in the Chagford Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle when getting the better of Compton Amica by a length.
It is not often one of Pipe’s horses scores at odds of 20-1 but Forde was obviously thrilled to ride her first winner.
She said: ‘‘I fell off this horse the last time I rode him here at the second hurdle so I’ve made up for that error.’’ Two For Joy took the EBF-Crandon Park Stud Mares Only Novices’ Hurdle (qualifier) in exemplary style for trainer Charles Egerton and jockey Jimmy McCarthy.
The seven-year-old went on approaching the third last before stretching 13 lengths clear of Mrs Duf.