Beginners luck hands Trustan victory
Tim Easterby's Trustan Times confirmed previous promise with a winning debut over fences in the Molson Coors Beacon Beginners' Chase at Sedgefield.
On a day which saw five winning favourites out of six, it was close enough for comfort for those on the 8-11 shot.
Trustan Times made a jolting mistake under Richie McGrath two out but recovered well to pass long-time leader Dodgey Dream and had three-quarters of a length to spare at the line.
That was still not the end of it for supporters of Trustan Times, who had to wait for the outcome of a stewards' inquiry after first and second had come close early on the run-in.
Easterby was satisfied with the outcome for his five-year-old, an Irish point-to-point winner who had also won first time out over hurdles at Wetherby last season.
“He's raw and green, but he's a lovely horse,” he said.
“He jumped well throughout, just got a bit close to a couple when he was really racing, but he was still on his feet when he finished. That's the important thing.”
Easterby will now try to find another low-key opportunity for Trustan Times.
“He might be a bit better in the spring when he gets a bit more practice under his belt,” he added.
Donald McCain struck with his only runner of the day when Bound For Glory duly obliged in the Blue Square Conditional Jockeys' Staying Novices' Hurdle.
The 4-5 favourite confirmed the promise of last month's second at Carlisle with a convincing 12-length defeat of Badgers Retreat.
Harry Haynes, on Rosewin, had a more alarming time when his mount was slightly short of room alongside second-placed Badgers Retreat and ducked out entering the straight.
Haynes was none the worse after parting company, but Badgers Retreat's jockey Robert McCarth was found guilty of careless riding and banned for seven days from December 6-12.
Countrywide Flame was the third successive winning odds-on favourite, and the shortest at 4-9 in the Camerons Trophy Special Juvenile Hurdle.
Frontier Boy kept going better than the rest over a marathon three miles and three furlongs to take the Camerons “Lions Country” Handicap Chase at 6-1.
Sue Smith's Tipsy Indian made most of the running to break his duck at the 17th attempt in the Camerons Strongarm Cask Handicap Chase.