Buck Mulligan took advantage of a drop in class to take the feature Jardine Catering Handicap Chase at Sedgefield.
The seven-year-old, not disgraced in better company at Market Rasen and Cheltenham on his last two starts, had been dropped 5lb by the handicapper and punters took the hint as they sent Evan Williams' charge off the 11-4 favourite.
He had to dig deep to see off the strong challenge of No Planning by a neck, with Rich Lord breathing down their necks in third.
The trainer said: "The handicapper has helped us. This horse has been running very well in some races where we weren't getting much leeway. He dropped him 5lb and that made the difference today. The horse deserved it because he is consistent and he is good in his grade.
"I thought he could win a higher class race, but he needed to get his head in front because he might have started to get a bit demoralised, so credit to the handicapper."
Ryan Mania, second on No Planning, still had a good day with a 545-1 double courtesy of Grate Fella and Strobe. He struck first on Grate Fella (25-1), who overturned evens favourite Blackwater King in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle.
Sue Smith's four-year-old got the better of a prolonged duel to score by a length and a half.
Strobe (20-1) was always up with the pace as Mania enjoyed a 17-length romp on Lucy Normile's eight-year-old over On Gossamer Wings in the Collins Seafoods Ltd Handicap Chase.
Keen Sedgefield supporter John Wade, local businessman and owner/trainer, enjoyed a birthday winner when his colours were carried to victory by the Chris Grant-trained Alpha One in the Freebetting.co.uk Handicap Chase. Brian Hughes got a good tune out of the 9-4 joint-favourite to score by seven lengths.
Grant said: "It probably wasn't the greatest race in the world, but you can do no more than win. He's run well there before but it's the first time he's won there. I haven't looked any further than today. Now he's won at Sedgefield I wouldn't mind going there again if there's a race to suit."
20 August 2014Power heads Nunthorpe field
No tactical concerns for Tag team
Toast ride relinquished by Spencer
Blue is the colour for McCreery
Hill in peak form for Voltigeur
Certain claims clear-cut success
Prince aiming for Acomb glory
Champagne target for Belardo
Telescope team eye Group One glory
Australia camp expect trip to suit
Anthem takes Lowther test
19 August 2014Duke aiming for York reign
Tag tops Oaks field
Matron on Thawaany agenda
Halford anticipates Tosc boost
No hurry for Panama plan
Millman plots weekend Celebration
Overbury role for Dunaden
O'Brien calls on two for Oaks
Newmarket entry for Abandon
O'Brien has some Australia concerns
Pale Mimosa at Ebor summit
Baitha remains in Gimcrack hunt
Anodin fired up for Foret
Moore given Hill role in Voltigeur
18 August 2014Fallon back on Tuesday
Celebration time at Goodwood
Wonder to return to top table
Maximilian in Flying form
Nonette is Maid to measure
International call-up for Australia
Leger dream over for Elite Army
Angel is heaven sent for Tregoning
Memory saved for Doncaster
Panama makes it five on bounce
Hanagan back in business
O'Brien states Australia intention
Kingman powers to Marois glory
Tupi moved up in Boutin
Hawkesbury lame after defeat
Barron hoping for Knavesmire rain
Irish Champion go-ahead for Amralah
Wow factored into Morny picture
17 August 2014Kingman green light for Marois
Flemenstar on road to recovery
York poser for Fellowes and Hill
Kenny 'much brighter' after fall
No rush on Spring plans
Magician second in Million
Olympic aims for Deauville glory
Kenny assessed after Flat fall
Lynch on mark at Doncaster
Estimate given Lonsdale option
Breton rocks in Newbury thriller
Do delivers in St Wilfrid
Dunlop delight over Cadeaux
Belardo takes step up ladder
Flippant strikes for Alison
Power tops Nunthorpe possibles