Hinterland reigns at Sandown
Hinterland went one place better than 12 months ago to claim the Racing Post Henry VIII Novices' Chase. at Sandown.
Winning for just the second time over fences, Daryl Jacob's mount was held up for much of the way as Claret Cloak and Balder Succes cut out the running in the Grade One affair.
But the Paul Nicholls-trained five-year-old (13-2) arrived on the scene powerfully and cruised to the front between the last two fences.
Grandouet, who had unseated when not out of it in the race Hinterland won at the Esher track last month, gamely battled back after being headed but went down by a neck.
Nicholls said: "He's got loads of speed and I think he wants hanging on to as long as possible. I'm starting to work him out now, he's come on a huge amount for his last run, but he's best going fresh.
"The Arkle is tailor-made for him and I won't be in a huge rush to do a lot with him now."
Jacob said: "He's a lovely horse and we've always thought a lot of him at home.
"There were no prisoners out there, we went a ferocious gallop early doors, I was nearly struggling to lay up with them at one stage but fair play to him - he dug deep and after the second-last I got a lovely run up through and pinged the last."