There was no stopping the father-and-son team of Nick and Archie Wright when the pair teamed up for a double at Cottenham on Sunday.
The duo — who are based in Badlingham, near Chippenham — chalked up their first winner on the six-race card with Bally Wall in The Baileys Men’s Open race.
After being kept handy by Wright junior Archie, the 11-year-old gelding — who was an 18th birthday present — nipped up the inside heading towards the penultimate fence before bounding clear of Minella Theatre and disappointing odds-on favourite Hazy Tom.
“In the past I have been soft on him, but I kept him right up there and was a bit tougher with him,” said Archie. “He made a mistake at two out as he was a bit slow coming out of it, but thankfully so did Hazy Tom. If you get him in a good rhythm, he is a good horse.
“The reason he has won though is all down to the hard work the team do back home with him.”
While the victory of Bally Wall was gained on merit, good fortune favoured their second winner In A Blue Dust in the Subaru Restricted Race.
Looking booked for second, the pair inherited the win after long-time leader Full Trottle — with the race at his mercy — tipped up at the final fence of the three-mile race.
“My luck must definitely be in today as unless something freakish happened the horse in front had our number,” said Archie. “Although he was keen and made a few mistakes, he is a horse we really like.”
One-time useful chaser Gauvain showed his ability remains intact after scoring for the first time since landing the 2011 renewal of the Grade Two Betfred Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon in The PPORA Club Members conditions race.
Steadily moved into the race by Hannah Watson, the evergreen 12-year-old had plenty left to score for the first time over three miles from the staying-on Carpincho.
“Gauvain is a lovely horse,” said Watson. “He is not the smoothest traveller and he felt pretty flat out early on, but he stayed the three miles well.
“Even if he hadn’t have stayed so well, his class would have got him through.”
The AGA Ladies’ Open served up a thrilling finish with Sagalyrique gamely holding on to land the race for a third time after mastering favourite Qrackers and the staying on Nowurhurlin.
“He is just a fantastic horse, goes well fresh and he really bounced off that ground,” said jockey Angela Rucker. “He was a bit idle in front and I didn’t think that they were going to catch me, although I was praying for that winning line to arrive.”
On a day in which favourite backers had their fingers well and truly burnt, Come On You added to their misery when turning over the Alan Hill-trained odds-on chance Brians Well in the Open maiden.
In the concluding four, five and six-year-olds open maiden, victory went the way of Old Pride who lead from pillar to post.