It was to prove yet another glorious Cheltenham Saturday for Paul Nicholls as the champion trainer's four-timer included almost every race of consequence.
A week which started with the acrimonious departure of retired jumping great Kauto Star ended with Nicholls' 18-year-old nephew Harry Derham coming of age aboard the youthful Unioniste in the feature Paul Stewart IronSpine Charity Challenge Gold Cup.
Just over half an hour later his stablemate Zarkandar claimed top honours in the stanjames.com International Hurdle, while other successes came via Far West in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial and Shooters Wood in the Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase.
Unioniste was the first four-year-old to land the established Grade Three handicap chase, and had only sneaked into the line-up as a first reserve. As with Al Ferof, winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup at the last meeting, Unioniste (15-2) carried the familiar yellow silks of John Hales.
He forged 11 lengths clear under a patient ride from the conditional while Walkon, the 7-2 favourite, was forced to settle for the runner-up prize once again, having done so in the Paddy Power as well.
Derham said: "You've got Ruby (Walsh), Daryl (Jacob) and Ryan Mahon in the stable, so there's a pecking order and I was absolutely delighted to get the chance in my second year as a conditional. The horse made my life very easy, he's very strong for a four-year-old and I always knew I had a bit left."
Nicholls, who had five winners on the day courtesy of Rocky Creek's strike at Doncaster, said: "I thought he had to run here off a mark of 137 as he wouldn't get another chance, and he's not like a normal four-year-old, he's a real professional and he knows how to jump.
"I'm so pleased for Harry. He has had to be patient, but we've preserved his claim for big races like this."
Nicholls went on: "I can assure you I've never had a more embarrassing or unenjoyable week like that in my life. I apologise for everything that has gone on and I've never been more embarrassed, so to end it with a win like this is great. The horse will have a month off now and he'll have an entry for the RSA."
Unfortunately for Nicholls, his other runner Cristal Bonus suffered a fatal injury in the race.
20 August 2014Australia rules
Postponed thrives in Voltigeur
Hill scratched from Leger prep
Dutch delivers in Acomb
Blaine works his magic
Byron bids for Curragh Renaissance
Smullen sweet on Anthem chance
Taghrooda ready to wow York
Zarkandar in Ces reckoning
Gosden ponders Cambridgeshire plan
Gal set for easy spell
Estimate leads Lonsdale eight
Glance seeking Lowther glory
Tasaday ready for York test
Power 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
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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