Plan comes together for George

News of the rest of the action from Newbury where O Maonlai won the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase.

O Maonlai (12/1) went one better than 12 months ago in the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase at Newbury.

The eight-year-old was runner-up to Aloomomo in this race last year, and gained a first success since he scored at this track in February 2015.

O Maonlai went on after second-last before pulling five lengths clear of Warriors Tale in the hands of Adrian Heskin.

In-form trainer Tom George said: "It is good when a plan comes off. He was second in the race last year but he is not an easy horse.

"Adrian Heskin rode him perfectly. He dropped him out the back to get confidence in him, then started passing horses one by one.

"If you have him too close to the pace he is too keen if he is out the back too far he will drop himself out. He had his happy medium.

"He is not a Cheltenham Festival-type horse. He has won here before and this is his type of track."

Onefitzall showed an abundance of stamina when victorious in the bet365 Handicap Hurdle.

Although he required plenty of stoking up by Richard Johnson, the six-year-old, who runs in the silks of the Mick Fitzgerald Racing Club, proved more than up to the task.

Despite being pressed hard late on, the 7/2 chance pulled out enough under the champion jockey to repel Gibralfaro by a length.

Trainer Philip Hobbs said: "The slower pace has helped his confidence but a faster one would help his stamina.

"He is an easy horse to train. I think ideally he wants further and more testing ground.

"That (Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival) is probably the thing to look at as the long-term view."

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