After the awful scenes when two horses were electrocuted at Newbury on Saturday, racing resumed without mishap at the same venue yesterday. And the sombre pre-race mood gave way to a sense of optimism after Don't Push It finished well into seventh place in the three-mile handicap hurdle.
It marked a quantum leap forward from Don't Push It's lacklustre efforts since he won the Grand National at Aintree in April -- in the process catapulting Tony McCoy towards the BBC Sports Personality of he Year award.
Alan Berry stood in for McCoy, who was aboard Cappagh yesterday, and the Antrim man will have been delighted to see the combination alongside him at the finish.
Earlier in the week, McCoy surprised guests at the John Smith's Grand National lunch in London when saying he was by no means committed to riding Don't Push It back at Aintree in April. After this effort, however, it will be a major surprise if the champion looks elsewhere.