Sir Alex Ferguson's famous red colours were carried to a ready success at Kempton by the Charlie Hills-trained Sand Boy.
A three-year-old Footstepsinthesand colt, he is owned in partnership by the Manchester United manager as well as his friend Jack Hanson and Mr and Mrs John Cotton. Sand Boy went off a heavily-backed 8-13 favourite for the BetVictor Cheltenham Festival Antepost Pioneers Median Auction Maiden Stakes, after running well at Lingfield earlier in the month on his return from a layoff, and he quickened well away from his four female rivals.
Hills said: "He came back lame after his first run, so he needed plenty of time and ran a good race last time. He's still green and should come on from that. It will have done him the world of good and we'll see what the handicapper does."
Newmarket trainer Michael Squance had apprentice of the moment Robert Tart to thank as he got off the mark for 2013 in the Get The BetVictor App Handicap. Diplomatic (9-2) is a regular visit to the Sunbury course, being just denied over the same mile nine days earlier, and Tart stayed cool to sneak through and hold on in a blanket finish.
Squance told Racing UK: "He has been running well - he was drawn seven of seven here recently and was only beaten four lengths, then was beaten on the line next time. He might get further and I think he'll go to Southwell next for a race on February 13 and then come back here. Rob's 7lb claim has helped. He's on a mark as good as he is off 68 and I thought if Rob could push, he could go close."
Tart was, though, given a two-day ban (February 11-12) for using his whip above the allowed level.
The unexposed Camachoice (7-4) looked well ahead of the assessor when bounding away with the Come Dine In The Panoramic Restaurant Handicap for Marco Botti and all-weather title leader Adam Kirby, while Paul Burgoyne's forward planning took Irene Kennett (11-2) to back-to-back Kempton wins in division one of the Come Dine In The Panoramic Restaurant Handicap.
The Wincanton trainer said: "She got very upset here last time, so much so that I thought no horse could win, but she did. I thought if I could put a lid on her, she could go and win again, so we took her into the paddock early, did one circuit, and then took her out and put a hood on her."
The result of Irene Kennett's race, however, had serious implications for Nathan Alison, who rode 10th-placed Imperial Elegance. The stewards found he had used his whip above the permitted level when out of contention and he was banned for 12 days (February 11-16, 18-23).
A power-packed finish from Asia Minor (8-1) saw him belatedly collect a maiden win for Dr Jon Scargill in division two. Franny Norton donned the black and white colours of Lady O'Reilly as Rose Ransom (14-1) took him 10 lengths clear in the BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap. The Liverpudlian had a far closer-run thing as he completed a double on Reflect (7-1) in the BetVictor Exclusive Antepost Offer Cheltenham 2013 Handicap.
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