Cloudy joy for Pat Murphy
Trainer Pat Murphy ended a 381-day lean spell when Cloudy Bob bounded home in the three-mile handicap chase at Kempton.
Cloudy Bob had been Murphy's last winner when successful over the course and distance in March 2016 and the grey repeated the trick in convincing fashion.
Tom Greatrex took the bull by the horns as Cloudy Bob (6-1) jumped into the lead fully four fences from home.
The bold move paid off as the 10-year-old surged clear to beat top-weight Bugsie Malone by five lengths, with Trojan Star another length and a half away third.
Murphy said: "I'm absolutely over the moon with him.
"I thought he was in better shape than he was here three weeks ago and the ground was perfect for him and he loves Kempton. It's a job well done.
"Tom gave him a nice, confident ride. He got squeezed out at the start and he just worked his way slowly into the race.
"His jumping helped him the whole way, he was slick and quick over his fences.
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"It's been 13 months since we had a winner, but I've only got four horses to run.
"If you haven't got the horses you can't win the races. It's a vicious circle.
"I think the handicapper is going to have a say after that."
Laser Light (1-2 favourite) was handed victory in the two-mile-five-furlong novice hurdle after Jaisalmer unseated Nico de Boinville when still in front at the final flight.
Jaisalmer had led his rivals a merry dance and looked like scoring until his untimely exit, which let in Alan King's six-year-old, who held off the staying-on Mr Fenton by two and a quarter lengths.
De Boinville had better luck on Laurium (even-money favourite), who put in an exhilarating round of jumping when he made all of the running in the three-mile novice chase.
The seven-year-old never looked in any real danger of defeat as he romped home by 13 lengths from his Nicky Henderson-trained stable companion Bivouac.
Noel Fehily got Man From Mars (even-money favourite) home in the shadow of the post to pip Burning Heat by a neck in the two-mile novice hurdle for trainer Nick Williams.
Timeforwest (10-11 favourite) completed a hat-trick when striking for trainer Jonjo O'Neill and jockey Aidan Coleman in the mares' handicap hurdle.
The five-year-old swept past the leader Silent Steps between the last two flights and went to score by four and half lengths.
Newport trainer Deborah Faulkner enjoyed her first winner under Rules when Courtinthemiddle (16-1) took division one of the two-mile-five-furlong handicap hurdle under Jamie Moore.
Baldadash (17-2), trained by Jose Santos, gamely kept Kilinakin at bay to land division two in the hands of James Davies.
Kilinakin's jockey William Featherstone was suspended four days (April 18-21) for using his whip above the permitted level.
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