Trainer Nicky Henderson warmed up for Saturday’s battle between Altior and Cyrname with a quickfire double to open the inaugural Discover Racing Ownership Weekend at Ascot.
On the eve of the mouthwatering clash in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot, Altior's trainer Henderson opened his account with wins in the opening two races of Friday’s card in chilly Berkshire.
Nico de Boinville, who will be on board Altior on Saturday, guided Angels Breath to an impressive victory in the opening Sky Sports Racing Novices’ Chase.
Trailing long-time leader First Flow for much of the race, the 5-year-old surged clear after the penultimate fence and eased to victory.
Igor followed up for the in-form stable in the Zeelo National Hunt Maiden Hurdle under Sam Whaley Cohen, stretching out after the last following a brave challenge from Papa Tango Charly.
Militarian sprang a 50-1 surprise in the inthepaddock.co.uk Handicap Steeple Chase making just about all to pull away from Top Wood, another long price at 20-1, in the closing stages.
Not So Sleepy wrapped up the day’s action with a hard-fought victory in the Rewarding Ownership With The ROA Handicap Hurdle.
Jonathan Burke steered the 7-year-old to victory with Lust For Glory fending off Oakley for second in a competitive closer.
Tickets for Saturday's raceday are still on sale.