Brennan rewards George faith
Paddy Brennan was grateful to Tom George for keeping him on Morgan's Bay (13/8 favourite) in the Captain Machell Handicap Chase at Leicester.
"I'd like to thank Tom as I told him after I rode him the last day he ought to put someone else on him. He left me on him and we got it right today," said Brennan.
"He was good and I didn't have to do a lot. It wasn't much of a race and a great bit of placing by Tom."
Husband and wife Gerald and Caroline Bailey enjoyed a successful day as the Northants-based pair both saddled a winner on the card.
Mrs Bailey opened their account with Carli King (9/2) who just held Lough Coi by a neck in the Squire Osbaldeston Handicap Chase in the hands of Tom Messenger.
Her husband got in on the act with Gunmoney (3/1 favourite) in the CGA Foxhunter Maiden Hunters' Chase.
John Russell guided the nine-year-old, owned by his father Richard, to victory by two and a quarter lengths over the staying-on All Great N Theory.
"He's always been a good horse. Things didn't work out at Huntingdon," Gunmoney's trainer told At The Races.
"It's a big day for the family and he's a lovely, honest, genuine horse. I thought he was the best horse in the race. We just had to put it all together.
"We'll just keep chipping away and then we might go to the Bonhams Final at the night meeting at Cheltenham in which he was second in last year."
Keltic Rhythm (6/1) ran his rivals ragged with a superb round of jumping to make a winning debut over fences in the Rutland Water Novices' Chase.
Conditional jockey Trevor Whelan got a great tune out of Neil King's seven-year-old in the feature race run in heavy rain.
Making most of the running and aided by the early departure of the favourite Destroyer Deployed, Keltic Rhythm piled on the pressure in the straight and powered home by 13 lengths from Miss Milborne.
"He's very brave and has loads of scope. He got the job done easy and enjoyed
it," said Whelan.
"He'd run well over hurdles and in point to points and he likes to jump for fun, so it's best to ride him like that. Hopefully he can go on."
The Fergal O'Brien-trained Lord Landen (13/2) put up a similar display as he dispensed with the opposition in the Daniel Lambert Handicap Chase under Conor Shoemark.
Carpincho tried in vain to make a challenge in the straight but was still 12 lengths down at the line.
Lord Fox (9-2 joint-favourite) was all out to hold the O'Brien-trained Me And Ben by a neck in the Prostate Awareness Novices' Handicap Chase after making virtually all under Ben Poste.
"The last 50 yards he just got a bit lonely and tried to pull himself up in front, but he's held on nicely in the end," said the 5lb-claiming conditional.
"He'd been struggling to quite get home over three miles. The shorter trip has helped him as the ground is a bit tacky."