The Worlds End was victorious in the Marsh Hurdle at Ascot on Christmas Family Raceday, benefiting from the absence of Paisley Park to take the Grade 1 race.
Paisley Park, a 1/5 favourite at the start of the day, was withdrawn from the race due to the heavy ground.
Indeed, at one point in the morning it looked as if racing might be in jeopardy due to more overnight rain, but after two inspections and changes to the both hurdle and chase courses, racing went ahead.
And it was the Tom George trained The Worlds End who triumphed in the three mile stayers’ feature, producing a late surge to go past a fading L’Ami Serge in the final furlong.
Elsewhere, Not So Sleepy produced a brilliant performance to win the £150,000 Betfair Exchange Trophy in emphatic fashion, coming home under Jonathan Burke a clear nine lengths ahead of Monsieur Lecoq.
Regal Encore was a 16/1 winner of the Dave Dawes Silver Cup Handicap Chase in the colours of JP McManus with Richie McLernon on board, and there was an impressive victory for the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Riders Onthe Storm in the Betfair Exchange Graduation Chase.
Flowing Cadenza and Espoir De Guye were the other victors on a fantastic day of racing, acted out in front of a sell out crowd at Ascot.