Wincanton prize shared
Anna Newton-Smith shared top spot with Paul Nicholls in an eventful Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Handicap Chase at Wincanton.
The former, who has a handful of horses in her care near Eastbourne, is poles apart from Nicholls in terms of equine resources, but their runners Goring One and Jump City could not be split as they shared a dead-heat to the feature race.
The race may well have been landed by enthusiastic front-runner Al Alfa before he took an unfortunate fall four from home.
Jump City (7/2) looked reluctant when left in the lead, giving it away to Goring One before rallying under Will Biddick and joining him on the line.
Goring One's jockey Andrew Thornton said: "I've been trying for 23 years to get a dead-heat and hadn't had one!"
Newton-Smith said: "I've only sent out four runners and I was worried he wasn't straight, but he's my best horse. I'm delighted."
Nicholls said: "It was good for the crowd. Two out he was idling, but I thought he had got back up. We'll put some cheekpieces on him and he'll go for a three-miler at Exeter."
There was a good finish to the Bathwick Tyres Taunton Handicap Hurdle, too, as the Hadden Frost-ridden The Rattler Obrien (9/1) edged out Proper Villan.
Winning trainer, Totnes-based Martin Hill, said: "I could do with some more for the winter, but this horse will handle some more cut in the ground. He's a high-class looking horse and will probably have one more hurdle before jumping fences."
Mick Winters' Moon Prince, who joined Cheltenham-bound stable star Rebel Fitz on the trip from Ireland, gave his supporters a fair run as 7/2 joint-favourite before folding to sixth.
Cotswold trainer Giles Smyly was slightly insulted to see Bathwick Tyres Bath Novices' Handicap Hurdle winner Letemgo returned at 40/1.
Letemgocarries the silks of Anthony Ward-Thomas, whose family owned the 1997 Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Martha's Son.
"I couldn't believe his price, as he ran well to finish third in a good novice here over course and distance back in March," said Smyly.
"He likes this sort of (quicker) ground and will definitely get three miles."
Standing Ovation (3/1) made Conor O'Farrell work quite hard but he was still more than good enough to land the Bathwick Tyres Midsomer Norton Novices' Handicap Chase.
A tall gelding perfectly made for fences, Standing Ovation had been unable to get his head in front over hurdles and needed to be driven right out by the same pilot to break his duck at Exeter a week ago.
O'Farrell issued his first reminder with a circuit to go and they had a commanding lead up the back straight, but he got a bit of a fright from Tothemoonandback approaching the final fence before maintaining an advantage of a length and a half.
Trainer David Pipe said: "He's a different horse to Exeter and we didn't plan to make the running but he took Conor there. He's always a horse who has promised a bit, but he's a bit soft and probably ground-dependent, which is why we took him here under a 7lb penalty."
Alwaystheoptimist (11/4) has proved a bargain buy for trainer Phil Middleton as he picked off Pipe's 7/4 favourite My Brother Sylvest in the Bathwick Tyres Bridgwater Handicap Hurdle. He could reappear at Fakenham next week.
Billy No Name (4/9 favourite), for the Tizzard family, survived a final-flight scare to take the Bathwick Tyres Salisbury Maiden Hurdle very easily.