No Panic as Fullagar aims for Ffos Las win on his wedding day
No Panic's win at Stratford yesterday continued what is going to be some week for Paul Fullagar.
Fullagar and his fellow owner Roddy Owen have enjoyed tremendous success over the past few years with trainer Peter Bowen, most notably through the fine chaser Ballycassidy.
No Panic (5/1) operates at a rather lower level but appreciated a return to a sounder surface to take the Knight Frank Handicap Chase under Tom O'Brien.
Owen said: "Ballyvesey won at Market Rasen on Sunday and this was a nice one too.
"I love coming here -- we had a good run with Ballycassidy and he got a standing ovation when coming back into the winner's enclosure one day.
"We're hoping Quattrocento will sneak into the Kim Muir on Thursday and then Paul is getting married on Saturday.
"On that day a horse called Santamina, who is named after Paul's fiancée, is going to run in the bumper at Ffos Las. Imagine if it won!"
O'Brien had earlier collected the Firs Garage Golden Anniversary Beginners' Chase aboard Victor Dartnall's 13/8 chance Darstardly Dick.
The trainer said: "He had a very heavy fall at Exeter, when there was a huge shadow over one of the fences and he went back over hurdles after that.
"He schools well and we put on some blinkers just to give him a bit more courage.
"We'll look for another small race and take it from there."
Meanwhile, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's Super Kenny could well have been lining up in this week's Triumph Hurdle had events not conspired against him, but it was worth waiting for the gelding's British debut in the SIS Live Juvenile Novices' Hurdle.
Super Kenny (5/4) had jostled in the market with Ultimate and while Barry Geraghty's mount took a long time to settle, he sat comfortably on the tail of the 10/11 favourite before he was sent on before the last.
Trainer Nicky Henderson's assistant Tom Symonds said: "First he couldn't run because of the ground, then he had a foot problem and he banged his leg so we had to mummify him over the weekend to make sure he could run!
"There's no plan, obviously Aintree is a possibility and Nicky also thinks he has the option of the Flat."
Many punters had started to be wary of Sadler's Star (7/4 favourite), whose frustrating run finally came after a fine hold-up ride by Wayne Hutchinson in the Ides Of March Selling Hurdle.
Owner-trainer-jockey Andrew Martin and Oranger (14/1) took the Jenkinson Caterers Novices' Hunters' Chase (for the Credit Call Cup), while Dale Swift looked a new pilot to follow after a cool performance on Elite Land (11/2) in the ianwilliamsracing.com Handicap Hurdle.
Oliver Greenall partnered 6/5 favourite Priceless Art in the Upper Quinton maiden bumper, another promising winner in the sphere for Alan Swinbank.