Double delight for Barnes
Cumbrian handler Maurice Barnes stole the show at Wetherby with a rare double.
Indian Voyage (11-10 favourite) and My Idea (9-2) won in completely contrasting circumstances, but both will have a '1' next to their name when turning out again.
Barnes has a nice young horse on his hands in the shape of Indian Voyage, who took the Permit Trainers Association Handicap Chase without coming out of second gear.
The six-year-old was 9lb 'well-in' after finishing second to a decent sort at Carlisle 12 days ago, so was entitled to win as he liked off bottom weight.
Given a patient ride by the promising Daragh Bourke, the 11-10 favourite cruised past Free World, who had made a bold bid from the front, to score by five lengths.
Barnes said: "He'll be going up a fair bit next time as he was already due to go up 9lb.
"It will be tougher for him now, but he's a nice horse. I think he'll run again unless the ground goes firm. Daragh is a promising young lad, he's got sense."
Barnes doubled up when My Idea benefited from the final-fence mistake of Foundation Man in the Evans Halshaw Harrogate Handicap Chase.
Up until that point Jonjo O'Neill's Foundation Man had jumped well out in front but was just beginning to run out of steam.
Richie McLernon tried to revitalise Foundation Man but Jonathan England had persevered on My Idea and he won by a neck.
"That was a bit lucky but it's the way it goes," said Barnes.
"We've had 20 seconds this season so we deserved it. I can't remember the last time I had a double, though."
Unfortunately for England he picked up a two-day ban for using his whip above the permitted level and will miss the Scottish Grand National meeting at Ayr (April 11 and 12) when he could have had some nice rides for his boss, Sue Smith.
Nesterenko defied some indifferent leaps to land the Wear A Hat Day Supporting braintumourresearch.org Conditional Jockeys' Novices' Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson sent the five-year-old north in search of decent ground but 10 millimetres of rain overnight had turned it quite testing in places.
Nico de Boinville produced his mount between the third and second-last, and appeared to put the race to bed before another sloppy leap at the final flight gave Villoresi a chance.
Nesterenko found plenty for pressure, though, to win by one and a half lengths.
"He missed the last, but he was game enough," said De Boinville.
"He'll be even better on nicer ground, it's quite testing down the back."
Lucinda Russell has already passed her previous best tally for the season and the winners show no sign of stopping just yet as Bescot Springs just held on in the Watch On 3 Devices racinguk.com/anywhere Handicap Hurdle.
Running in the colours of the Daily Mirror Punters Club, he was agonisingly beaten last time out when caught on the line but there was no repeat.
Surprisingly sent off at 14-1, probably to do with his hit-and-miss profile, Graham Watters was positive and kicked on half a mile from home.
Having looked home and hosed, the distress signals were showing inside the final 100 yards but High Kite and Trafords Hero could not get there.
Russell's partner and assistant Peter Scudamore said: "It's great for the owners to have a winner.
"He's a horse with ability but he doesn't always show it. He doesn't do an awful lot in front.
"Graham was positive and the blinkers helped. The rain came just in time for us."
Watters was another to fall foul of the whip rules, though, and will also miss April 11 and 12.
The Ian Williams-trained Watt Broderick (5-4 favourite) was an ultra-impressive winner of the ROA Owners Jackpot Handicap Hurdle.
Beaten at a short price at Taunton on Monday, conditional jockey Robert Mccarth was looking for non-existent dangers from a long way out and cruised home, beating Rock A Doodle Doo by six lengths.