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."
30 October 2014Aktabantay out of Breeders' Cup
Tearless secures Good Friday ticket
Overnight stay for Johnson
Crawford banks on Izzini progress
Toast could make Spencer think
Tearless takes Lingfield honours
Road charts route to Royal riches
Johnson taken to hospital
Grece excels at Saint-Cloud
Hawk given Greatwood option
Royal summons for Apache
Hannon: Early speed key for Osaila
Bowe takes aim at WKD bullseye
Hootenanny 'smoking' for BC mission
Avenue roads lead to Newmarket
Shu to be kept busy
Scu sweet on Sensation Ascot raid
Murtagh succumbs to Cup charms
Dandino to stay in Australia
Glance denied Mackinnon defence
Bailey ace rules Supreme at Taunton
O'Brien hit by Magician blow
Diablo in big-race picture
Buckley raises Toast to Osborne
Pastille seeking four-timer
Conti all set for Charlie Hall
Barnes out to storm Saint-Cloud
Williams issues Buywise warning
Lynam reveals Slade stalls fears
29 October 2014Lame Magician out of Breeders' Cup
Diablo in big-race picture
Mullins enters strong Hennessy team
Damaged hock behind Estid reverse
Eckhart team rocked by injury blow
Hunt Ball makes Power play
Morgiana a T bone of contention
Kirby ponders Buttons French raid
Glance camp turn to Williams
Wohler trusts 'professional' Moore
Red alert to Cup challenge
Head targets more Mile glory
Mile hope Toronado in 'great form'
Telescope camp banking on Moore
Twiston-Davies link excites Moore
Flying third to Bob on hurdling bow
Harden to test top staying waters
Godolphin take share in Belardo
Mullins has big guns at Down Royal
Annacotty set for Kempton return
Powell and Bradley cleared
28 October 2014Fingal camp on weather watch
More injury woe for Popham
Dickin unveils Thomas gameplan
Power stalls in Flemington spin
Toast drawn nine in BC Classic
My Ambivalent passed fit by vets
Harry out to bring House down
Three and easy for ton-up Hanagan
Wood carves out Galway verdict
More Of That in Wetherby frame
Big guns confirmed for Charlie Hall
Byron pencilled in for Far East
Newbury reverts to original title
Magician to stay in the US
Henderson considers hurdles for Bob
27 October 2014Mountainous back on National trail
Ground to dictate Gold run
Elite aim for Rendezvous
Classic dreams at Leopardstown
Smullen celebrates seventh title
Cheltenham target for Module
Pete shows his Aintree mettle
Royal-Oak double for Boistron
Starchitect in surprise strike
New One given Haydock mission
Balding excited by Park prospects
Sights set high for Crafty