Lilly blossoms at Ludlow
Neil Mulholland sent out his first jumps winner from his new stable near Bath as the lightly-raced Coronea Lilly won in good style at Ludlow.
The young trainer, who became a father for the first time earlier this year, recently moved from a base near Taunton to Conkwell Grange Stables at Limpley Stoke.
Mulholland will start to step things up a gear or two as the jumping season gathers pace, with the likes of Argento Chase winner Midnight Chase in the team again.
Coronea Lilly, who had not been seen since a course and distance victory at the Shropshire track in May, is also likely to be firmly part of his plans.
Sent off at 3-1 under conditional Michael Byrne, she was always in touch and was good value for a two-and-a-quarter-length defeat of 9-4 favourite Double Silver.
"She's a nice mare - she had had a few problems in the past, but not since I've had her," said Mulholland.
"The reason she hadn't run for so long was because she had to change owners and go through the sales.
"She has finished third and won twice for me and she'll jump a fence one day. She just wouldn't want the ground too soft and there's a danger the ground might go for her soon."
Reporting news of his move, Mulholland continued: "There are a few to come out over the next week or two and we've had three winners on the Flat in the last couple of weeks or so.
"We've been here for a couple of months and the new yard is working out really well."
Wins for Cornish-trained horses are something of a rarity, but it would have been hard to begrudge Armenian Boy his dues in the valuable Betfair Commits 40 Million To British Racing Handicap Chase.
The 9-2 joint-favourite was desperate for the line but James Best managed to force him home by a neck from Vincitore.
"He has been second on his last five runs, and I thought he was going to be second again today," said Jackie du Plessis, who trains the ex-David Pipe gelding from near Saltash.
"We have to space his races out and he has come back a bit sore so he won't be running again very soon, but the hard work is worth it when you win a nice prize like that."
John Ferguson was involved in his day job as Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor at the Tattersalls sales, but struck once again as a trainer when 6-5 favourite Haymarket opened his account in the Betfair Don't Settle For Less Juvenile Maiden Hurdle.
Ferguson was also on the scoresheet at Towcester, where Creekside claimed a two-mile beginners' chase.
David Evans' progressive Shabak Hom (11-4 favourite) was a facile winner of the Betfair Funds The PJA Doctor Handicap Hurdle, with Irish raider Sum Laff lifting the Betfair Sponsors The Stable Staff Canteen Beginners' Chase at 16-1.
Colin and Joe Tizzard combined with Beside The Fire (18-1) in the Betfair Boosts Prize Money At Ludlow Handicap Hurdle.