Clean sweep for Rasen favourites
Favourite backers were in clover at Market Rasen as all six market leaders obliged in Lincolnshire.
Noel Fehily rode a winner for Harry Fry on a day for favourite backers
Nicky Henderson's Triumph Hurdle entry Domperignon Du Lys got the ball rolling in the 32Red.com Juvenile Hurdle and lived up to his billing as banker of the day.
Sent off at 1/4, Daryl Jacob never displayed a moment of anxiety in the colours of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, continuing the good recent form for the combination.
Disappointing in Grade Two company at Cheltenham last time, he looked in a different class to his seven opponents, winning by an easy five lengths.
"It was just nice to see him come out and do that. We maybe ran him a little too quick the last day," said Jacob.
"He's had a nice break and that was a good bit of experience gained.
"Hopefully we can have a nice spring campaign with him."
She had good form in bumpers and had pushed a useful sort in Alan King's My Khaleesi to a nose on her hurdling debut.
Richard Johnson took the race by the scruff of its neck just after halfway and a good jump at the second last saw off Rosie McQueen by seven lengths.
"It's just nice to get her head in front, she probably achieved more last time out," said Johnson.
"The EBF Mares' Final at Newbury would be an option for her, but that would depend on the ground."
The margin was bigger than it would have been had Coole Cody not fallen at the last when a clear second.
"He's a really good, galloping type. He won a bumper at Thurles by 20 lengths on soft ground so we knew he'd go on it," winning jockey Noel Fehily told Racing UK.
"His jumping was a bit sloppy so I kicked on and then when I looked round at the second last, I couldn't believe how far clear I was.
"He wouldn't be out of place in the Albert Bartlett but he's very ground dependent."
Then it was the turn of Paul Henderson's Doitforthevillage (11/8) to notch up his fourth win of the year in an eventful Eric And Lucy Papworth Chase.
Paddy Brennan dodged a few loose horses to guide him to a 13-length success.
"He still counts as a novice as he won in May the first time, so that's four for this season," said Henderson.
"We'd planned to lead, but Danny Cook (on Minella Fiveo) wanted to and got in our way a bit until he fell."
It was also a landmark success for the trainer, who explained: "I believe that's my 99th winner since I took out a licence but I had a winner in 1991 before I became a professional trainer, so it's 100 in all."
Cook was given a four-day ban (February 21-24) for remounting Minella Fiveo and riding him back tot he stables without a vet attending him first.
In the closing hunter chase, leading amateur Richard Harding performed miracles to get Nicky Richards' Streams Of Whiskey (4/6) home in front after an absence of 710 days.
In a slow motion finish, Harding did incredibly well after a jolting mistake at the second last and rallied to beat Out Now.
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