Rebecca Curtis made the perfect start to Welsh National day at Chepstow when plundering the Download Coral Mobile From The App Store Maiden Hurdle with O'Faolains Boy.
The trainer regards O'Faolains Boy as a better prospect for fences next season, but will monitor his progress with a view to looking at the Neptune and Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival.
Tony McCoy was challenged by Oscar Magic and Un Ami three flights out, where the last-named horse made a mistake, leaving O'Faolains Boy (7-2) to come home from Oscar Magic and Fourovakind in a time 29 seconds slower than the standard.
Curtis said: "I shall probably give him another run over the same sort of trip and then look at the two Cheltenham options. Whatever he achieves over hurdles will be a bonus, as I think you'll see a better horse when he goes over fences next season."
Although his Sin Bin ran below expectations in the opener, champion trainer Paul Nicholls wasted no time in striking back with 10-11 shot Keppols Hill doing the business under a confident Ruby Walsh in the Get rewards4Racing Points With Coral Beginners' Chase.
Considering he had fallen at the last with the race in the bag at Exeter and made a costly mistake on his only other outing this season, Keppols Hill jumped with alacrity, and another bold jump at the last clinched it as he stayed on strongly to beat Arthurian Legend by two and three-quarter lengths.
Nicholls was represented by his assistant Dan Skelton, who said: "He handled the ground and for a horse who'd had those jumping hiccups he was very good at his fences. He stays and keeps pulling out more, and will be suited by extreme distances. It would be no surprise if he ended up running in the Welsh National one day."
Victor Dartnall was out of luck with Giles Cross in the big race but enjoyed his first winner since his string returned to action after an outbreak of equine herpes when Seebright (9-2) took the concluding bumper under Ryan Mahon.
The trainer said: "I'm so delighted. I thought he was well. I was pleased with Giles Cross, but he just got a bit tired and Denis (O'Regan) pulled him up. It's our first winner back, so it's onwards and upwards. In the next fortnight we'll just tread carefully and then we'll really start to get going."
Venetia Williams' horses continue to run well and Carrickboy (7-1) relished the drop in trip in the Coral Mobile Text "Mobile" To 82211 Handicap Chase.
1 September 2015Simon Dow savours Epsom 'fairytale' with El Campeon
Olly Stevens rocked by Extortionist death
Gleneagles given Breeders' Cup Classic aim by Aidan O'Brien
Sore Sumbal swerves St Leger at Doncaster
Dandy Nicholls has Haydock in mind for Sovereign Debt
Beautiful Romance flies Godolphin flag on Ascot Champions Day
Goodwood winner Alamode beguiles Marcus Tregoning
Jane Chapple-Hyam facing Cesarewitch dilemma with Twisler
Sam Waley-Cohen reveals Long Run hunter chase plan
Hannon plots Curragh route with Moyglare-bound Great Page
Barande-Barbe eyes Champion at Leopardstown with Cirrus
Dettori likely for Danzeno Haydock ride
Autumn aims for Meade's Rookie
Turner confirms retirement plan
Mullins hails Fly achievements
Cadran target for Litigant
Park option for Naadirr
Cadeaux leads Cup contenders
Turner calls time on riding career
Pendleton so close to dream success
Whitman lifts Trophy for Johnston
Hobbs stars in Kempton entry
Mullins hails 'legend' Hurricane
Super Fly bows out
Belardo has six appeal - Varian
Time called on Telescope career
Charline chasing Curragh cash
31 August 2015Haydock option for 'Frankel' winner
Hurricane Fly: Best moments
Maguire making good progress
Channon seeks Divine intervention
More injury woe for unlucky Russell
Balios finished for the year
Reason back in firing Line
Newton Abbot washed away
Beloved bounds to Supreme success
Ton-up for De Sousa
Approval for new Yarmouth track
Hint takes Cambridgeshire glory
Bocca back in business
Leger hope Sumbal beaten in France
Tower-ing performance from Williams
O'Brien works his Magic again
All eyes on Pendleton at Ripon
30 August 2015Beloved rules supreme at Goodwood
Arm injury woe for Russell
Beacon shines for O'Brien
Botti banks on Binzart
Harrington ponders Jack reverse
Tullius revved up for Joel Stakes
Speculative in frame for Ayr raid
Moon dazzling for Irish Leger bid
Ivory backs Twin to peak at Donny
Golantilla 'a natural' over fences
Flintshire strikes at Saratoga
Retirement considered for Pharoah
Cummings 'a giant of the sport'
Keen Ice claims Pharoah scalp
Racing lands Winter win
O'Brien family enjoys Wexford wins
Goodwood Celebration for Kodi team
Polybius takes Hopeful honours
Twisler on the march
Rene lands Goodwood riches
Maarek shoots to Bullet victory
Hawk swoops in Prestige
29 August 2015Death of top trainer Bart Cummings
Kodi Celebration for Cox
Deegan hopeful of good Sho
Titania looks to 'step up' in Dance
Gosden youngster impresses at HQ
Ascot date for Dartmouth
Bolger seeking Curragh Smash n grab
Death of northern stalwart Charnock
Ground key for Weld big guns
Panther pleases in Newmarket work
Icon eyeing Prestige prize
Buratino in Middle Park frame
Cox hoping for Kodi Celebration