Hennessy hero Smad Place will have just one further run before bidding for Cheltenham Gold Cup glory, with trainer Alan King on Sunday ruling out a tilt at the William Hill King George VI Chase.
THREE sets of maroon and white silks were supposed to give commentator Dessie Scahill a tricky task, though the maroon cap worn by Bryan Cooper was the clearest sight of all as No More Heroes ran out an impressive winner of the Drinmore.
HINDSIGHT is a wonderful thing and there were plenty of punters delighted by the 4-5 price of winning favourite Arctic Fire - who won this year's renewal of the Hatton's Grace in the manner of a 1-5 shot.
LONG DOG emulated some of hurdling's biggest stars, most notably Hurricane Fly, Jezki and Nichols Canyon, by narrowly holding off stablemate Bachasson in a deadly duel up the home straight to add his name to the Royal Bond honour roll.
RASHAAN gave the 1-2 favourite Missy Tata 11lb and an absolute thumping, powering clear after the last to stretch his unbeaten run to three for Colin Kidd.
VICTORIA PENDLETON returned from her first experience of riding over fences "absolutely buzzing" and already looking forward to her second crack at a point-to-point, which seems likely to take place within the next fortnight.
LAST year's Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist (Christophe Clement/John Velazquez) flew down the outside to claim the Cigar Mile, in which Red Vine completed a one-two for his trainer by taking second in a photo.
JEREMY NOSEDA was less than impressed with the ride Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux gave Mister Brightside, who trailed home in ninth behind head winner Chiropractor (Tom Proctor/Corey Nakatani).
SHONAN PANDORA kept the Japan Cup at home for the tenth year in a row with a narrow win over Ryan Moore’s mount Last Impact and hot favourite Lovely Day in Tokyo on Sunday.
THERE were shades of Desert Orchid in this year's Hennessy winner as bold-jumping grey Smad Place maintained a relentless gallop between some outrageous leaps to land Newbury's £200,000 showpiece chase for Wayne Hutchinson and Alan King.