Glenquest takes Down Royal spoils for Andrew Lynch
Welsh Grand National third Glenquest showed his versatility at Down Royal, where the 12-year-old successfully switched to the smaller obstacles to land the The Tote Handicap Hurdle.
Stuart Crawford's veteran was always prominent under Andrew Lynch, who went for home leaving the back straight and soon had his rivals in trouble. The strongly-fancied Spacious Sky - Ruby Walsh's only mount on the card - tried to give chase, but Glenquest (4/1) had plenty in the tank and strolled home by five lengths from Seriatim.
Brothers John and Martin Burke combined to land the opening three-mile handicap chase with Aurora Bell. The 6/1 shot headed the front-running Katnap two out and while the latter tried to rally, Burke's charge prevailed by a length and three-quarters.
The enigmatic Rocky Wednesday (11/2) has lost his way over hurdles, but showed his appreciation for the return to the bigger obstacles thanks to a considered steer from Davy Condon in the beginners' chase.
Gordon Elliott's gelding already had the measure of Aladdins Cave and Colms Dream when they departed two out, and was able to ease two and three-quarter lengths clear of Blue Bicycle.
Elliott looked set to follow up when favourite Altiepix jumped the last with a clear advantage in the maiden hurdle, but Bryan Cooper's mount was caught in the dying strides by Liz Doyle's After Aspen (25/1) and Tearaway Queen, with the former - ridden by Sean Flanagan - prevailing by a short-head.