Magic show delights trainer Phillips

The early news from Warwick on Saturday, where Celestial Magic took the opening contest under Daniel Hiskitt.

Daniel Hiskitt and Celestial Magic take the opening contest on Classic Chase day at Warwick from Wildmoor Boy.

Celestial Magic stayed on well to open his career account at the 11th attempt in the Betfred 'Goals Galore' Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Warwick.

The steadier of 12st 5lb, reduced by the 5lb allowance of conditional jockey Danny Hiskett, failed to stop the Richard Phillips-trained five-year-old from finally getting his head in front.

The pace-setting Wildmoor Boy stole several lengths at the start and looked like making all, until the 6/1 winner made stealthy progress to pounce in the straight and draw away on the run-in to score by four lengths.

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Starlight Court put in good work at the finish to take third place, a length away.

Phillips said: "We're delighted. He'd been off for a while, as he ran appallingly at Newton Abbot the back end of a longish season so we gave him a break and we were really pleased with his run at Haydock last month.

"He had a lot of weight on his back, but Danny gets on well with him and took 5lb off.

"He stays very well and he has learned to settle a bit better. He deserved that as he'd been running very consistently. The horse has run on this sort of ground before which is why we've run him here. It might not be ideal, but he can handle it.

"We'll see what the handicapper does. Last time he ran in a 0-125 so he might have to step back up and I think he'll get further in time."Noel Fehily produced Overtown Express (11-8 favourite) with a well-timed run to get off the mark over fences in the Betfred 'January Sale' Edward Courage Cup Handicap Chase.Dropped in trip, Harry Fry's nine-year-old was suited by the strong pace set first by Makethedifference and then Artifice Sivola ,before going on between the last two fences.Overtown Express pulled clear to win by seven lengths from Artifice Sivola.Fry said: "We dropped him in trip from last time (at Ascot) and a strongly-run two miles in testing conditions is what he relishes."He jumped well today – we were keen to make use of his hurdles mark at Ludlow last week but that was abandoned so we came here."Thankfully it's worked out and hopefully there's more to come over fences. No plans, we'll just make the most of the ground conditions."

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