Ferdy Murphy extolled the virtues of stable jockey Graham Lee after he made virtually all the running aboard Three Mirrors in the Wetherby Racecourse Sunday Car-Boot Sale Handicap Chase at the West Yorkshire venue.
The seven-year-old got his head in front at Market Rasen last time as a long odds-on favourite.
But despite being 1lb out of the handicap, he smoothly took care of some useful rivals for a three-length verdict from Dumadic.
“That was a seriously good ride from Graham,” reflected the West Witton handler.
“He got him in a perfect rhythm early on and he didn’t panic when he was headed – he really is different class.
“For a novice that was a very good performance.
“He’s a very nice horse and I’m really looking forward to next season with him.
“He was really fizzy in his early days with me and he wasn’t getting home in his races.
“I’ve got no fancy plans for him for the end of this season but he already looks the perfect type for the Racing Post Plate to me.”
Noel Wilson could have a future Scottish Grand National candidate on his hands after Arctic Ghost’s victory in the Christa Ackroyd Launches Yorkshire’s Ladies’ Days 2007 Novices’ Chase.
The giant grey checks in at 17.2 hands high and relished the quicker ground under Wilson Renwick.
The 2-1 favourite came home four lengths to the good from Duke Orsino – but the margin could have been greater.
“That’s the first time he has had anything in his favour,” said Wilson.
“He’s a good-ground horse and these big fences and a galloping track really helped.
“I’ve always thought the world of him and in time he could be a Scottish Grand National horse.”
My Lady Link (11-4f) made the long trip from Venetia Williams’ Herefordshire base worthwhile with a hard-fought victory in the Wetherby Races Family Sunday 29th April Handicap Hurdle.
Sam Thomas’ only ride of the day made relentless progress from off the pace to challenge the well-backed Pass The Class at the last and score by three and a half lengths.
“Good ground is not that important to her but we don’t mind running her on it,” said Williams’ head lad, Jerry Roberts.
Brave Rebellion got the better of an exciting three-way battle for the Racing UK For £15 Per Month Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle.
Keith Reveley’s charge was under the cosh early in the straight but jumping errors from Ice Tea and Falpiase enabled Phil Kinsella to claim the race in the final strides.
Donald McCain jnr’s Ice Tea looked to be getting the better of the argument under Tom O’Brien until a bad mistake two out, while Falpiase clattered the last to ruin his chance.
O’Brien nearly forced his mount back up on the rail and despite the stewards looking into slight interference, Brave Rebellion (11-4jf) kept the race by a head.
“He was a good bumper horse,” said Reveley. “He then had a bad fall first time over hurdles which knocked his confidence.
“Phil deserves a lot of credit though because he has built his confidence back up.”
Profowens (12-1) bounced back to form for the Peter Beaumont-Dominic Elsworth combination in the Wetherby Racecourse & Conference Centre Handicap Chase.
Trevor Hemmings’ nine-year-old has been inconsistent of late but jumped for fun at the head of affairs with Grand National entry Dunbrody Millar.
The lead changed hands on numerous occasions but when Elsworth asked his mount to quicken two out, he shot clear for a 12-length victory.
The Cadale Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle went to Sea Cadet (6-1), while the well-supported Abstinence (17-2) landed a nice touch in the Wetherby Races Next - Monday 16th April Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.