Reveley sweet on Hewgo
James Reveley predicted a bright future for Victor Hewgo after the nine-year-old got off the mark over fences at Doncaster.
Victor Hewgo, trained by his father Keith, had made a pleasing debut over the bigger obstacles on the same track earlier this month when second to the promising Western Warhorse over two miles and three furlongs in his first race for nine months.
A winner in excess of three miles over hurdles, this similar distance was expected to suit and so it proved as the 6/4 shot went on at the penultimate fence in the Sky Bet "Free Bet Club" Novices' Chase before scoring by eight lengths from Dreamy George.
"He's taken to chasing like a duck to water," said his rider. "For his first run last time after a long lay-off it was impressive to go and nearly win over an inadequate trip. He does stay very well. He will have learned a lot from today.
"We got a nice lead and it paid off. He's difficult to train. We can't do a lot with him at home so we've just kept him ticking over with steady work.
"He's potentially very good if, touch wood, we can keep him in one piece."
Noel Fehily reached 100 winners in a season for the first time with victory on Easydoesit (12/1) in the Sky Bet "Best Odds Guaranteed Novices' Handicap Hurdle.
Taking it up between the last two flights, Tony Carroll's six-year-old pulled away to score by five lengths from long-time leader Ergo Sum.
"I'm delighted. I've had a great run of it and I'm been very lucky riding for Charlie Longsdon all year and his horses have been absolutely flying," Fehily told At The Races.
"He's been a great help to me, as has Harry Fry, Warren Greatrex, Charlie Mann and Tony Carroll who has supported me over the years.
"I rode 89 winners a few years back. That was my best season. I thought I'd get to 100, but not in January.
Pearl Castle (17/2) stepped up considerably on his third place on his jumps debut at Wetherby for trainer John Quinn when running away with the Sky Vegas App Novices' Hurdle.
Formerly trained by Andrew Balding, the four-year-old was most impressive as he led on the run to the final flight and bolted clear to score by 16 lengths from I Got Power.
Owner Paul Gaffney said: "We think we've got that exciting prospect - a dual-purpose horse that go on and progress. That was only his seventh race and we expect him to go on better things."
The bookmakers were in agreement with Sky Bet quoting the winner at 20/1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Pearl Castle's jockey Brian Hughes completed a double on The Panama Kid (7/1) in the Sky Bet "Home of Price Boost" Handicap Chase.
The Malcolm Jefferson-trained 10-year-old travelled supremely well before taking a clear lead two out and going on to win by eight lengths from Mr Supreme.
Kaysersburg (85/40) looked the likely winner some way out as he claimed the feature Sky Bet Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap Hurdle.
Taking the extended three miles in his stride, the Neil King-trained seven-year-old went ahead of his four rivals at the third-last flight under Richard Johnson and went on to register a 10-length verdict over Wakanda.
King said: "He's done it very nicely. He came back sick after he ran at Market Rasen. We had to back off, but our horses are all back in good order now.
"We've been dying to go novice chasing with him. That will be the step now when we've found a good opportunity."
Dianne Sayer's Oh Right (12/1) followed up victory at Musselburgh a week earlier with a game display in the Sky Bingo App Novices' Handicap Chase under 5lb claimer Harry Challoner.
"A 9lb rise was a bit severe because it wasn't a great race at Musselburgh so it forced our hand to come here. I don't like turning them out again after a week but we had to really," said Sayer
Rainbow Peak (12/1), a Royal Ascot winner in 2010, opened his account over jumps with a convincing display in the Sky Bet Mobile Maiden Hurdle for trainer John Ferguson and jockey Denis O'Regan.
The winner was introduced at 25/1 by Sky Bet for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.