Sametegal was an emphatic winner of the John Smith's Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial at Musselburgh as the expected duel with Kashmir Peak failed to materialise because the latter unseated Dougie Costello at the fourth-last.
Kashmir Peak, who beat Paul Nicholls' charge by a length when they met at Doncaster in December, was still going strongly at the time of the mishap, having taken a keen hold.
Sametegal took advantage at that flight and it was fairly plain sailing for Daryl Jacob thereafter on the 5-4 favourite, who took the eye in powering eight lengths clear of Docs Legacy. William Hill cut him to 20-1 from 25-1 for the Triumph Hurdle itself at Cheltenham.
Nicholls runners are a rare sight at the Edinburgh track, but he doubled up as Harry Derham and the well-backed Salubrious (7-4 favourite) took the concluding John O'Mailley 80th Birthday Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
Odds-on favourite Tap Night was a well-beaten last of four as Viva Colonia claimed the Scottish Future Champions Novices' Chase for Brian Ellison and Danny Cook.
Attaglance set only a moderate pace and all four runners were pretty much in a line jumping the second-last. Viva Colonia (9-2) and Desert Cry quickened up best, with the former prevailing by half a length. Attaglance ran much his best races over fences to date, just three-quarters of a length further away in third.
Ellison said: "We'll probably keep him fresh and go there (the Grand Annual at Cheltenham, for which he was cut to 16-1 from 20s by Paddy Power). He's a very good horse."
Charlie Longsdon's Superior Quality clung on in a thrilling finish to the Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial. The 10-1 shot took closer order after jumping the third from home and travelled smoothly to the lead as he jumped the final obstacle before holding Lord Wishes by half a length.
Jockey Noel Fehily said: "He's a very good jumper - he'll make a lovely chaser. Charlie has always liked him a lot and I don't think he'll be surprised he's won. He saw the trip out well and appreciated the better ground. Hopefully he's still improving and I think he's entitled to have a go at it (the Albert Bartlett)."
Ed de Giles was celebrating after Prince Of Dreams (13-2) landed a good prize in the John Smith's Scottish Champion Chase, challenging three out and sealing matters with a huge jump at the last. The trainer said: "That was fantastic. He deserved it. He'd been unlucky the last couple of times."
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