Kayf Moss gave the ‘big boys’ a fright with National Spirit Hurdle glory at Fontwell.
The six-year-old son of Kayf Tara, who was sent off at 16/1, made all to land the £50,000 Grade 2 feature contest on yesterday’s card.
Alan King’s Meister Eckhart was runner-up for the second successive season, while the Gary Moore-trained Chris Pea Green finished a close third.
Odds-on favourite Saphir Du Rheu, who hails from the yard of seven-time champion trainer Paul Nicholls, was a disappointing fourth.
But for winning handler John Flint, whose son Rhys steered Kayf Moss to glory, it was a memorable blow for the smaller yards.
‘This win means plenty for us,’ said the Bridgend trainer.
‘We are only a little outfit compared to the big boys but it just shows with the right ammunition we can take them on.’
Moore had earlier won the Bet Placepot With Totepool Josh Gifford Memorial Novices’ Chase with Via Sundown at 7/2.
The second race – the Totepool Home Of Pool Betting Handicap Chase – was won by the Linda Jewell-trained Itoldyou at 8/1.
After Kayf Moss’ heroics, Hot Whiskey N Ice landed the Totepool.com Supports The Racehorse Sanctuary Novices’ Hurdle for Noel Williams at 3/1.
Richard’s Sundance won the Download Totepool Live Info App Foxhunter Trial at 5/4, while Jewell completed a double in the toteexacta Pick The First & Second Handicap Hurdle with 10/1-shot Clonusker.
The final race on the card – the Cheltenham Ante-Post Betting At totepool.com Bumper – was won by Otago Trail at 5/4.