Swift return pays off for Reyes
Tom George's gamble of running the excitable Noche De Reyes just five days after his last outing was rewarded at Ludlow.
George admitted the five-year-old had been a hard horse to unravel, so was delighted the quick turn round from his fifth place at Kempton had worked.
Noche De Reyes (3-1 favourite) outpointed his rivals in the closing stages as he ran out a cosy winner of the Bromfield Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.
Pushed into the lead before the second-last by Paddy Brennan, he held Bullet Street by four lengths.
"We've found it hard to find the key to him. This was a good track for him and there was plenty of pace," said the Slad trainer.
"It was slightly unorthodox running him back after five days, (but) he's a very excitable horse and I think the run the other day took the edge off him and he relaxed a bit more.
"He hadn't been ridden since he last ran. We've trained him like a Flat horse, every time he canters at home he does a bit too much.
"I don't know what we'll do. It was a bit of an after-thought running him today. I thought I'd try it as he's always on edge.
"He showed the right amount of enthusiasm today whereas every time before he'd shown too much.
"We will have to see where we are with him now."
Tom Symonds, trainer of fifth-placed Ted Dolly, was fined £290 for failing to make his representative aware of the rider's instructions.
Jockey Ben Poste had told the stewards at an inquiry that his instructions were to get the gelding settled in mid-division, but he ended up being further back than intended at halfway after his mount had been very keen and had jumped the first two fences poorly.
He added that having squeezed the gelding along in the back straight, he had a good position turning for home but that the front-runners kicked away from him on ground which was faster than the gelding had been used to.
Sonofagun (7-2) kept Oyster Shell at bay by a length to capture the feature Wye Valley Brewery Handicap Chase.
The Ian Williams-trained eight-year-old was left in the lead after Last Shot unseated his rider three out and 5lb claimer Robert McCarth had to keep him up to his work to land the spoils.
The Evan Williams-trained Prima Porta showed her class when making a successful debut over fences in the European Breeders' Fund/Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Chase.
Not beaten far over hurdles by such as stars as Quevega, Glens Melody, Highland Retreat and Cockney Sparrow, the eight-year-old had too much dash for her three rivals.
Leading before the last, the 8-11 shot pulled a length and three-quarters clear of September Blaze under Paul Moloney.
Fabrika (1-7) had little trouble justifying her prohibitive odds in the Bitterly Mares' Novice Hurdle.
Tony McCoy made all the running on Nicky Henderson's six-year-old and won unchallenged by seven lengths from Maypole Lass to open her account over jumps after finishing second at Newbury back in November.
Unfortunately, Fabrika returned with a gash on her off-fore.
Loyaute (5-2) defied top weight in some style to land the Barrels Mares' Handicap Hurdle.
James Davies set sail for home some way out on Chris Down's seven-year-old and she soon put the race to bed, coming home 15 lengths ahead of the evens favourite Springfield Step.
Henry Daly's Rockiteer (11-4) fought off Chief Heckler to take the 2C's Antiques Fairs Open Hunters Chase by two and a half lengths under Jane Williams, while Ryan Hatch steered Brownville (10-11 favourite) to victory in the Ludlow Point To Point On 12th April Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.