Malaya scored an impressive victory for trainer Paul Nicholls on Spring Family Raceday, Ascot’s final jumps meeting of the season.
Malaya contested the lead with Eragon De Chanay but a fine jump at the last under jockey Sam Twiston-Davies led to a comfortable victory in the Sport Relief/GBR Billion Steps Challenge Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.
There was to be no double for Nicholls, however, when favourite Diego du Charmil fell when going nicely in the Ascot Spring Garden Show Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase.
That left the door open for a stunning ride from in-form Bridget Andrews on Ashoka, who reeled in long-time leader Beau Bay in the final strides for a terrific 9-1 victory.
Trainer Kerry Lee and jockey Richard Patrick went one better though scoring a double with Happy Diva an impressive winner of the Geotech Soil Stabilisation Novices’ Steeple Chase before Sir Will came home clear of the field in the Iron Stand Hurdle.
Loose Chips couldn’t repeat the success of 12 months ago in the Grandnational.fans Veterans’ Handicap Steeple Chase as Rathlin Rose, under Tom Scudamore, took the honours.
Marinero recorded the last victory of the jumps season at the Berkshire course, jockey/owner Richard Maxwell scoring a handsome win from Numbercruncher in the Colts and Fillies Club Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase.