Henry Daly sent out his first winner for the Elite Racing Club as the free-running Inherent landed the Mishcon’s ’National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle at Towcester.
Formerly trained by Clive Cox, the five-year-old finished runner-up on her debut for Daly in a mares’ only race at Ascot last month.
And with that experience under her belt, the 6-5 favourite tanked along under Richard Johnson and was not hard pressed to collect by a length and three-quarters from Amber Warrior, with the pair pulling five-lengths clear of Desert Inferno.
Daly’s assistant Tom Gretton said: “This is our first horse for Elite and we have had her since Christmas.
“She is a good, honest filly and, while she needs to settle better, she is game, has the right attitude and will stay further.”
Daly made it a double when Gypsy Scholar won the Free Tips @ gg.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race on the bridle under Tom Greenall at 33-1.
The drying ground has been a boost to a number of horses and Delightful Cliché proved a case in point with a gutsy front-running victory in the And So To Bed Handicap Hurdle.
Warren Marston identified a strip of fresh turf up the rail and stuck to it all of the way round the in the three-mile contest.
Kavi, the 3-1 market leader, looked a big danger at the penultimate obstacle but Pam Sly’s 5-1 chance kept finding more and eventually held Simple Glory by a length and a half, with the favourite only third.
Sly said: “He is normally lazy in front, but Warren went for the fresh ground on the inside as he needs it better and it has worked out.”
Manx Royal overcame a 256-day absence to get off the mark over fences in the gg.com Tipzone Beginners’ Chase.
Jumping errors have been a trademark of his career so far but he was much better here and really warmed to the task under Tom Scudamore to score by four lengths.
The 5-4 favourite wasn’t doing much in front after turning for home but it did not matter in the end as a blunder at the final fence from runner-up Gemini Storm put paid to his chance.
Scudamore said of the David Pipe-trained winner: “He jumped much better on this good ground and hopefully he can continue on an upward curve through the summer.”
Pipe added to his tally in the following race as Visibility (6-1) finished with a storming late run under Mick Easterby’s grand-daughter Jackie Coward to nail Pro Dancer in the Cadale Lady Riders’ Selling Hurdle.
Coward, having her first ride for Pipe, said: “I rode my first winner in a bumper at Ludlow a few weeks ago and this is my first winner over hurdles.
“The horse didn’t travel great but I always thought they would come back to me.”
Caroline Bailey runners always have to be respected at the track and her impressive 34 per cent strike-rate was further enhanced as Denvale took the Bryan Gordon Memorial Handicap Chase.
Dickie Barrett always had the 9-2 shot up in the front rank and they had scooted well clear swinging for home in the extended three-mile event.
Tank Buster tried to reel them in but was still a length and a half adrift at the line, with the 7-2 favourite Mokum the same distance away in third.
Bailey said: “He had a breathing operation after he ran here last time and was off for a while after that.
“His run at Market Rasen last week tuned him up for this, but I fear he may have missed his ground with his problems unless the rains come again.”
Charlie Studd produced a 33-1 shock in the gg.com Tipzone Handicap Chase as Romney Marsh scored first time over fences when gunning down Lusaka De Pembo over the last for a 10-length call.
Trainer Roger Curtis said of the mare, who was shedding her maiden tag: “I always thought she would make a nice chaser and she does want reasonable ground.
“We have been waiting to send her over fences and we will probably keep her going during the summer.”