Brave Vic lands EBF Final
Brave Vic went into the Grade Three EBF William Hill 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Final as the only maiden in the field of 16.
However, he ran out a three-and-a half-length winner of the valuable two-and-a-half-mile event at Sandown.
A change of tactics aboard Gary Moore's six-year-old worked a treat as the trainer's son Joshua powered home aboard the 20-1 shot after helping set the pace.
The winning handler said: "That was a nice way to break his maiden. He's a horse we've always liked a lot but he's disappointed up to now.
"He wasn't getting home on a couple of occasions, but Joshua said he got him into a nice rhythm and he really enjoyed the track.
"He's not an overly-big horse, but he jumps really well and should make a really nice chaser next season."
Dormello Mo (3-1) gained his first British victory when trouncing his five rivals by seven lengths in the William Hill Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, sparking a double for the Paul Nicholls yard.
Daryl Jacob was patient on the gelding, who was having his second run in Britain since joining Nicholls from Germany in a 52,000-euro deal in December.
Although Dormello Mo received a quote of 8-1 from Hills for the Fred Winter at Cheltenham next week, he is unlikely to run.
Nicholls said: "He won't get into the race unfortunately, even with a penalty.
"It was too soft for him at Exeter last time over that trip (two miles and three furlongs) but his jumping has improved a lot.
"He's a nice type, although he's a horse who needs a summer to strengthen. He will make a nice chaser next year."
Despite stumbling on the second circuit, Sound Investment justified 4-11 favouritism and gave Nicholls a sixth victory in the William Hill Mobile Bet Anywhere Novices' Chase (For The Burnt Oak And Special Cargo Challenge Trophy).
Nicholls said: "It was a nice opportunity. He's no star but he jumps and gallops and he's a big improver. We'll find another race for him in three weeks or so."
John Queally made the trip from his County Waterford base worthwhile when Gaillimh A Chroi - which, translated, is 'Galway My Pet' - gave him his first winner with his first runner at Sandown.
Partnered by Noel Fehily, the 9-2 shot showed guts aplenty to get the better of a protracted battle with Tara Mist in the Listed EBF Stallions/TBA Mares Standard Open NH Flat Race.
Queally said: "She won well at Gowran Park last time and needs soft ground, so we chanced coming here in the hope that she'd get placed and some black type.
"She would have won a point to point but we found she was in season afterwards and she's had a hard race here, so we might put her away. She'll jump a fence."
Tom George says he's "thrilled" with Queen Mother Champion Chase contender Module and goes to Cheltenham on a high after Chartreux gained his first win in over a year with a gallant display in the williamhill.com Mobile Cheltenham Money Back 2nd Handicap Chase.
Tom George's nine-year-old produced a superb round of jumping under Paddy Brennan and the 9-2 chance drew clear of Kasbadali to record a four-length success.
George said: "Things didn't quite go as expected last year and it has taken him a while to get his confidence back after he had a terrible time in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, when he got hit in the face.
"He was a little unlucky last time when he fell at Kempton, but he seemed to enjoy it today and got into a nice rhythm."