Yanworth’s class was enough to win the Coral Hurdle at Ascot despite a game run in second by Lil’ Rockerfeller.
The Alan King-trained six-year-old was odds-on to win the prestigious hurdle but had to produce all of his speed and stamina to last up the running as the front two pulled well clear.
The Cheltenham Festive is the aim for Yanworth but Lil’ Rockerfeller was perhaps the eye catcher of the race.
The Stella Artois 1965 Chase has historically been an exciting feature of the season but the 2016 exceeded expectations as 10-1 Royal Regatta narrowly held on to beat the chasing-down Kylemore Lough.
God’s Own couldn’t keep up with the pair after the final flight.
Sire De Grugy returned to his best in the Shawbrook Handicap Chase with a supreme jumping show to hold off Quite By Chance for Gary Moore and Jamie Moore.
The opening race of the day handed fans an exciting finish with Colin Tizzard’s Elegant Escape holding off even money favourite Laser Light down to the line.
An eventful second race of the day saw three jockey’s unseated at the opening fence and then loose horses continuing with the pack, but it was more joy for Nicky Henderson as Beware the Bear jumped well and strode on to the land the glory.
Arguably the most impressive victory of the day secured a double for Paul Nicholls as Lifeboat Mona leapt clear at the final hurdle to win by 6+ lengths in the Trisoft Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.
In the final race of the day, King of Realms won the National Hunt Flat Race.