Scotch Beg makes every post a winning one
Scotch Beg ran out a really game winner of the Get Ready For Autumn Rated Novice Hurdle at Downpatrick.
Andy Oliver's mare appeared to be enjoying herself out in front but looked in trouble when Canny Tom loomed up at the last.
She got away from the obstacle the better, though, and responded to all of Andrew Lynch's urgings to pass the post two and a quarter lengths to the good.
Oliver said of the 9-1 winner: "She loves it around here and Andrew knows her well. She got into a comfortable, nice rhythm and stuck at it well.
"He made his play at the beginning, kept an even pace and didn't use energy. They joined him at the top of the hill and she filled up, got a breath and kicked for home. It was a lovely ride.
"We will probably come back here in a month's time providing there is no extremes (in ground)."
Charms Bracelet was given an enterprising ride by Jack Kennedy to land the JP Handicap Hurdle.
The Adrian Murray-trained 9-1 shot bowled along at the head of affairs before Kennedy kicked her clear three out and although Pinotage emerged from the pack as the only threat, Charms Bracelet never looked like being caught and passed the post with three and a half lengths in hand.
Kennedy said: "I rode her in Down Royal two runs back and she ran a cracker that day and finished fourth. She just likes it out in front when she gets things her own way. She jumps brilliantly and travels away so everything went to plan today.
"I thought the last day in Down Royal she wanted just a little bit more of an ease so it seemed perfect today.
"She winged the fourth-last and she took off and I thought it was a bit far out to be going on but she did it well."
Kennedy doubled up on Poormans Hill in the Molson Coors Handicap Chase.
Having his first start for Gordon Elliott, the 4-5 favourite was always travelling well and after taking the lead, a big leap at the last helped seal a 17-length defeat of Cant Pay Wont Pay.