Phoenix flies for Cornwall
Conditional jockey Joe Cornwall admitted his surprise as Phoenix Des Mottes put his best foot forward to score at Fakenham.
The 10-1 shot jumped his rivals into the ground as he made all the running to claim the totepool Handicap Chase.
The eight-year-old, trained by the jockey's father John Cornwall, saw the trip out well to win by a length and a half from 3-1 market leader Springfield Raki.
"I'm delighted. I didn't think he'd go in the ground with the rain before racing," Cornwall junior told At The Races.
"He's surprised us all as he only usually wins in his turn. Before he won the at Stratford (in March), I hadn't had a win on him for two years.
"I hope the handicapper doesn't punish him too much.
"I thought he hated it round here, so he's confounded the critics. He tried very hard for me. I shouldn't have been leading, but he's saved my bacon."
Peter Bowen's Al Co (9-1) put up a good staying performance to get off the mark over fences in the At The Races Novices' Chase.
Formerly trained by Jonjo O'Neill, the seven-year-old came good in the hands of Dougie Costello.
Sweeping past long-time leader Same Difference before the second last, Al Co pulled away to win by 21 lengths.
Odds-on favourite Deireadh Re was a well-beaten last of the three finishers.
The John Flint-trained Enter Milan (4-1) overcame an 11-month absence to open his account under Rules in the SIS Novices' Hurdle.
The seven-year-old had shown promise when runner-up at Worcester last June and went one better in good style.
Leading before the final flight, he went on to hold Captain Kelly by four lengths under Sam Thomas.
Lilac Belle (8-1) landed her second course and distance success when easily taking the Bhest Racing To School Selling Hurdle.
The Alex Hales-trained six-year-old, ridden by 7lb claimer Killian Moore, jumped into the lead two out and bounded 25 lengths clear of the pace-setting 5-6 favourite Goodwood Starlight.
"She loved the ground and she loves it round here and has won here before," said Moore.
"Everything went well today. They didn't go quick early on and I was able to travel and everything went nice and easy.
"I thought Tony McCoy's horse might stop so I decided to make use of her and put the race to bed."
Stuart Coltherd's Royal Curtsy (8-1) got home for 5lb claimer Gary Rutherford by two and a half lengths from Petit Fleur in the Fakenham Ladies Day 27th May Mares' Handicap Hurdle.
The Lucy Wadham-trained Eleazar, the 11-10 favourite, wore down Hurricane Carter to claim the May Fox Hunters' Chase by four and a half lengths under Micheal Nolan.