An impressive victory for Master Debonair was the highlight of a competitive card at Ascot on Friday, as the Berkshire course kicked off its Christmas weekend in soggy conditions.
A morning inspection after heavy overnight and morning rain resulted in the all-clear and the Colin Tizzard five-year-old provided the performance of the day under Robbie Power.
Master Debonair surged clear of favourite Ribble Valley at the last to win the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle by around a dozen lengths at 3-1.
Earlier, Whatsupwithyou sprang a 33-1 surprise with a handsome victory in the eventmasters.co.uk Maiden Hurdle.
Under the determined stewardship of jockey David Bass, the Ben Pauling five-year-old never looked like being headed and won handily in front of 9-2f Torn and Frayed.
Trainer Nicky Henderson opened the day’s card with victory for Angels Breath in the Jacquart Noel Novices Steeplechase.
Having made an impressive chasing debut here last month, Angels Breath had little trouble in following up for Grade Two honours, defeating sole rival Mont Des Avaloirs by 23 lengths in the hands of Nico de Boinville.