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Fire too hot for Gold rivals

Firebird Flyer gained compensation for a brave effort at Ffos Las last time when taking the feature Forbra Gold Cup at Ludlow.

Showing no ill-effects from his second place in the West Wales National four weeks earlier, the Evan Williams-trained bottom weight was produced by Adam Wedge to join issue at the top of the straight.

The 7/2 shot led at the final fence and pulled clear on the run-in to beat Forgotten Gold by two and a quarter lengths with Roalco de Farges a similar distance away in third.

"We're delighted. His run at Ffos Las was a bit of a surprise as this horse had been a bit flat and hadn't been showing us much this year," said Williams.

"I took him there as he just got into the race and it was local and he got a bit of confidence. He ran well there and he has run well at Ludlow in the past.

"He's no superstar. This was his Gold Cup and Grand National rolled into one. I'm over the moon for the horse."

Kings Bandit (3/1) made a successful debut over jumps when flooring the 11/10 favourite Simply A Legend in the Bet Live At corbettsports.com "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.

Jason Maguire made virtually all on Donald McCain's charge and the six-year-old had shown a modicum of form in two bumpers but stepped up considerably and brushed Simply A Legend aside to win by eight lengths despite flattening the final flight.

"He's been working nicely at home but he's a very immature horse. The penny is finally starting to drop and I think he'll go forward," McCain told Racing UK.

"We put ear plugs in as he was very keen in his bumper and hung quite badly.

He just needs to relax. He's not keen at home and is very straight forward. We'll keep the ear plugs on when he runs in the short term.

"He's a big National Hunt horse and he's going to want two and a half and three miles."

Benbens got off the mark over fences by making all the running in the Bet On Your Mobile At corbettsports.com Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

Sam Twiston-Davies made best use of the 5/6 shot's stamina as the nine-year-old, trained by his father Nigel, dismissed Cloudy Joker by nine lengths.

The Naunton handler doubled up when Ryan Hatch got the evens favourite Pure Science home from Lac Sacre in the Follow @BettingBaron At Corbett Sports Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Leominster-based trainer Andrew Price struck at his local track with Spencer Lea (7/2), who wore down long-time leader Big Casino in the straight to score by 11 lengths.

Outsiders dominated the Follow @corbettsports On Twitter Mares' Handicap Hurdle with the spoils going to the Alan King-trained Midnight Cataria.

Wayne Hutchinson steered the 20/1 shot to a five-length call over Dardanella (20/1) with Animation (33/1) a neck back in third while Qrackers (9/2) bolted up by 34-lengths in the CGA Foxhunter Open Hunters' Chase under Hannah Watson.