The Package staked an early claim for the Hennessy Gold Cup as he fought off Michel Le Bon to land the Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton for David Pipe and Timmy Murphy.
The nine-year-old cruised to the front approaching the cross-fence five out, and from then was always in charge, even though Ruby Walsh and Michel Le Bon never gave up the chase. The winning distance was three and three-quarter lengths.
Pipe said of the David Johnson-owned winner: "He's really a Grand National horse, but he's in the Hennessy and we'll have to look at that. He's always been a very good horse, and Timmy has ridden a perfect race, although the ground was probably softer than ideal."
Murphy played his part in the triumph as he pre-trained The Package in the summer. The jockey said of the 5-1 winner: "He came to me after Cheltenham and I got the pre-training into him.
"As a young horse he would be too keen and do too much, but at the moment he's beautifully settled."
Fairy Rath was gameness personified in making every yard of the totepool Mobile Text Tote To 89660 Handicap Chase.
The Nick Gifford-trained six-year-old ran virtually to the pound with Henry San as he turned round recent Chepstow placings with that rival under Denis O'Regan.
Fairy Rath (5-1) is owned by talk show host Jeremy Kyle's wife, Carla, who was in Barbados watching the race with top owner Andy Stewart. Kyle was on a flight from New York to Barbados so missed the race.
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