Kilbricken Storm wins after educational ride from Cobden
Kilbricken Storm wore down the front-running Count Meribel to claim top honours in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.
Just four runners went to post for the three-mile Grade Two and 7-4 favourite Count Meribel to make every yard in the hands of Mark Grant.
Nigel Twiston-Davies' charge remained in front rounding the home turn, but Colin Tizzard's Kilbricken Storm was in his slipstream and although he hung across the track after the final flight, he was quickening all the time and passed the post two and three-quarter lengths clear under Harry Cobden.
Tizzard said: "If he stayed (three miles) we thought he would go well as he is a good horse over two miles.
"He is a six-year-old against these younger ones and he is ever so laid back and has kept on going. He kept hanging and I was amazed how far he went over.
"He cost £21,000 at the Doncaster Sales and he has just won at Cheltenham. It is lovely to do that. I never thought he would do this. I thought he would be a nice little handicapper.
"Obviously we will run him again somewhere, we might run him twice. We don't want to leave him all season to finish 10th at the Festival as there are nice pots about."