Wholestone out of this world
Wholestone made all the running to impressively win the Neptune Investment Management Classic Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Daryl Jacob and Wholestone won again
Nigel Twiston-Davies' horse was dropping back in trip after winning an Albert Bartlett trial at Cheltenham in December, but Daryl Jacob made good use of his stamina and he fought off all challengers off the front end.
The last hurdle was dolled off due to low winter sun, but Jacob was still holding onto his mount at that point, the pair having built up a useful lead.
William Henry came out of the pack to challenge, as did Poetic Rhythm who was always just off the lead, but Wholestone had all moves covered and he was driven out for a comfortable success.
Twiston-Davies said: "It was a very good performance, he's done nothing wrong all season and keeps getting better.
"We were going to go for the River Don at Doncaster over three miles, but luckily we came here as we were hoping for the softer ground.
"He is versatile regarding the trip and will be in the Neptune and Albert Bartlett, but the likelihood is the Albert Bartlett.
"It's possible he could have another run, we'll have to see.
"He's a good galloper and the rain helped."
Sky Bet reacted by cutting Wholestone to 8s from 16s for the Albert Bartlett, and to 16s from 25s for the Neptune.