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Wink and a nod at Fakenham

Ryan Winks was fully entitled to his victory salute after overcoming plenty of difficulty in Fakenham's Tim Barclay Memorial Handicap Chase.

Ryan Winks was fully entitled to his victory salute after overcoming plenty of difficulty in Fakenham's Tim Barclay Memorial Handicap Chase.

The amateur, who was riding his father Peter's Dashing George (12-1), lost his iron at the first fence but quickly got himself back in front.

Dashing George, who is trained in between Barnsley and Doncaster, was left well in front when Full Ov Beans came down at the third-last and was pushed out to collect by 10 lengths.

The delighted winning rider said: "I lost my stirrup at the first fence, it comes up quite quickly on you, but after that he jumped brilliantly.

"Coming all this way, it means a lot - it's a big win for a small yard with three or four horses.

"We train not far from the A1, it's a brilliant place to train, it's in the middle of the country and you can get anywhere within three hours.

"My dad put 50 each-way on him, and up to two years ago on his form he should be winning this race really.

"He has run well in the past and if he's still got it as a 12-year-old he should be winning.

"That's my third winner under Rules, and I think I've had five pointing. I'm looking for more rides and I can do lower weights.

"I wanted to make it a strong pace as I knew a few of the horses wouldn't get home in this ground.

Doctor Harper also had a long journey to Norfolk, this time from David Pipe's Somerset base.

The even-money favourite had little trouble stretching his career record to five wins from seven career starts in the EBF Stallions "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle as he beat Robbers Roost by 12 lengths.

The gelding's only defeats had come at Cheltenham, in the last Champion Bumper and behind Ballyalton in a hot novice event at the December meeting.

"He jumped a lot better today, probably the best he's jumped so far," jockey Tom Scudamore told At The Races.

"It was a hot race at Cheltenhan and for whatever reason it didn't work out that day, everyone is entitled to an off-day.

"The second probably hasn't run up to form but I was pleased with the way he did it.

"He's enjoyed that, you could tell with the way he jumped."

Destroyer Deployed (7-4) was second to Cheltenian in the 2011 Champion Bumper but has never hit those heights again.

Tim Vaughan's charge was straight off the mark over fences as he coasted home for Richard Johnson in the Andy Don Memorial Beginners' Chase.

Powertakeoff (2-1 joint-favourite) landed a gamble in the totepool Valentine's Day Selling Handicap Hurdle, with trainer Henry Oliver subsequently revealing to the stewards that he had been given a wind operation.

A most dramatic William Bulwer-Long Memorial Novices' Fox Hunters' Chase saw Mr Maybe fail to jump off and Lang Shining refuse at the first fence.

At the business end even-money favourite Jack Bene hung on by a desperate head from the late-lunging Mister Chancer.