Beyond Conceit in Supreme picture
A review of the action from Newbury on Wednesday, where Beyond Conceit scored on his first start for 1,267 days.
Barry Geraghty and Beyond Conceit come home clear to win the Betfred Goals Galore Novices' Hurdle at Newbury.
Nicky Henderson took the training plaudits at Newbury as Beyond Conceit tasted success on his first start for 1,267 days in the Betfred 'Goals Galore' Novices' Hurdle.
Not seen since finishing fourth at Glorious Goodwood in July 2013, the Fitri Hay-owned eight-year-old looked a natural over hurdles in the extended two-mile contest, drawing clear under Barry Geraghty to claim a 10-length success.
Henderson said of his 3/1 winner: "I think the owner's patience has to be congratulated. He had tendon problems before we had him, then he fractured his pelvis in the summer.
"It is lovely to see him come back and he thoroughly enjoyed himself. He had got some form on soft ground, which helped us a little bit. He has done plenty of work, but he is so laid-back.
"Barry said the way he tanked around there is no need to be doing two and a half. I suppose he will get an entry in the Supreme (Novices' Hurdle, at Cheltenham)."
The winner earned a 25/1 quote from Sky Bet in their non-runner no-bet market on that race.
Nick Williams returned from a recent break in the Canary Islands to a welcome winner after Flying Tiger caused a minor surprise in the opening juvenile hurdle.
Although the betting suggested top honours would head the way of Final Choice, the 2/9 chance could only finish third behind the Lizzie Kelly-ridden four-year-old, who ran out an 11-length winner.
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Williams said: "I've had a week in the Canary Islands and I needed it. It is very stressful training horses like this.
"He is a horse that was good in the spring in France, then it all fell apart as he bolted at the start at Auteuil when we fancied him. It is great that he has come back. We put the ear plugs in, as he is highly strung."
Tom Lacey has his sights set on a return to the Berkshire track next month with Brandon Hill after he made all in the feature Betfred "Treble Odds On All Lucky 15's" Handicap Chase.
Despite being pressed late on by Potters Corner, the 11/2 chance pulled out more when required, scoring by a neck to follow up his recent Warwick win.
Lacey said: "I'm delighted with him. He has obviously improved again from Warwick. He had a leg injury and we have to take it race by race.
"He finds what he needs to. Hopefully there is a bit more left. I think there is an open handicap chase here on Betfair day, so we might just have a look at that."
Perfect Harmony lifted the spirits of trainer Alan King when getting off the mark on his first attempt under Rules in the concluding bumper.
Having seen short-priced favourite Hidden Cargo turned over earlier on the card, the Barbury Castle Stables handler was smiling again after his 7/1 winner wore down My Mate Mark to get up and score by half a length.
King said: "We bought him at Cheltenham in November at the sales. Everything he has done, he has been a gentleman. He has not put a foot wrong.
"All the way up the straight I thought he had run a lovely race to finish fourth, then third, then second. It was only in the last 100 yards I thought he would get there.
"I think it is a bit late this season to go hurdling. I'd say we might go to Cheltenham, but I will speak to the owner first."
Theatre Flame ended a 90-day spell without a winner for trainer David Bridgwater when gaining a first victory this campaign with a three-and-a-quarter-length win in the limited handicap chase.
Champion jockey Richard Johnson moved on to the 140-winner mark for the season after guiding the Philip Hobbs-trained Midnight Glory (25/1) to a surprise victory in the mares' novice hurdle.
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