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A prolific point-to-pointer, he had been a winner there in 1974, '75 and '76.
The former hunter chase and point-to-pointer put his head in front three out and stuck to his task well to beat Marufo by two and three-quarter lengths, with West End Rocker another three-quarters of a length away in third.
Best bet at Newton Abbot is Rocklandslad (4.35), a winning point-to-pointer who makes his professional debut for Rebecca Curtis, with Tony McCoy a significant jockey booking.
Paul Nicholls, out of luck with Alformasi in the first, made amends in division two when his former point-to-pointer Teeton Babysham romped home under Ruby Walsh.
A shade disappointing in the bumper at Aintree's National meeting, this former Irish point-to-pointer ran a far more encouraging race when making his seasonal reappearance at Folkestone nine days ago.
The former Irish point-to-pointer looked likely to make a winning seasonal appearance when coming cruising to the last fence in Cheltenham's Gold Cup only to take a crashing fall and hand victory to Monkerhostin.
This former point-to-pointer was unlucky in running when runner-up to In The High Grass at Downpatrick recently but shaped like a future winner.
A Plein Temps 3.15 Taunton SP forecast 15-8 Winning point-to-pointer who showed ability when runner-up in heavy ground at Exeter in December.
The seven-year-old former point-to-pointer has shown enough on two starts under rules to suggest he can open his account.
Originally a successful point-to-pointer and hunter chaser, he won six races under rules all told, notably outsprinting top two-miler Waterloo Boy in the South Wales Showers Caradon Mira Silver Trophy back at Cheltenham in 1991.
Former Irish point-to-pointer Wayward King opened his account in style over fences when taking the Mid Season Chase at Wincanton yesterday and had trainer Ron Hodges dreaming of Cheltenham Festival success.
While former Welsh point-to-pointer Norton's Coin went on to win the 1990 Cheltenham Gold Cup at odds of 100-1.