Co Down handler Liam Lennon notched his first winner under Rules for five years as Mr Multifix led home an Irish one-two in the ROA Scotland Supports Scottish Racing Maiden Hurdle at Ayr.
The home country’s main hope was 6-4 favourite Banoge but Len Lungo’s market leader was cooked leaving the back straight as Carrick Dhu charged clear at the head of affairs.
He opened up a tidy advantage but Mr Multifix – who had been backed in from 12-1 to 15-2 – made steady headway and led on the run-in to beat his fellow raider by two and a half lengths.
Lennon’s brother Declan said: “We are a point-to-point yard and don’t have many runners under Rules, but that would be our first winner for a few years.
“He ran well here two weeks ago and we thought this might come a little quick for him but it was worked out well. He’ll probably go over fences now.”
Jean McGregor was another to end a losing run and she sent out her first winner for almost a year as Kevin Tobin ensured Dalawan (22-1) emerged on top in the Racing Post “Hands And Heels” Jump Series Handicap Hurdle.
Kinross-based McGregor commented: “I’ve not had a winner since this horse won here last March, although it’s not for lack of trying!”
Silver By Nature made the most of Kalahari King’s absence to run out a smart winner of the Weatherbys Bloodstock Insurance Novices’ Hurdle.
Ferdy Murphy withdrew his Cheltenham Festival candidate owing to the softening underfoot conditions, but the testing ground proved no problem to the galloping grey as he made all to post a tidy success as the 11-8 favourite.
“Musselburgh didn’t suit him last time and I don’t think he was right the time before,” said trainer Lucinda Normile’s husband Alan.
“There is a three-mile hurdle at Perth towards the end of the season and I might leave him alone to then. But he will jump a fence next year and I do think a lot of him.”
Almire Du Lia (13-2) landed consecutive victories in the Join The ROA At racehorseowners.net Handicap Chase when carrying BBC Radio 5 Live’s racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght’s colours across the line a length and three-quarters to the good.
Trainer Sue Bradburne said: “The horse felt really well earlier in the week and things have gone his way.”
Jim Goldie’s small team of jumpers are holding their form and the Glasgow handler’s 3-1 favourite Something Silver provided Richard McGrath with his 40th win of the season in the Weatherbys Bank Novices’ Handicap Chase.
The TartanTurfTours.co.uk Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race was all one-way traffic as Charity Lane (15-2) defied a penalty to forge home by a distance for trainer George Moore.