Flute Bowl cruised to glory at Fontwell as her trainer Gary Moore recovered from serious injury.
Moore spent time in intensive care at Redhill Hospital after kicks from a horse at his Lower Beeding yard left him with broken ribs, a punctured lung and bruised spleen.
The 59-year-old is now on the road to recovery and Flute Bowl’s 6/1 win in the Southern Cranes & Access Ltd/TBA Mares’ Handicap Hurdle will no doubt have given him a lift.
The five-year-old Black Sam Bellamy mare beat Aces Over Eight by 15 lengths and Joshua Moore pushed her out to score comfortably.
Friday’s meeting at Fontwell kicked off with the Winner Rental Services Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle.
And Warren Greatrex’s bumper winner kicked off his hurdles career with a six-length triumph at 5/2.
Emily Gray, who finished ninth in the Grade 1 David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, launched her chasing career with a win.
The seven-year-old Flemensfirth mare justified 5/4 favouritism in the EBF Stallions/TBA Mares’ Beginners’ Chase with a two-and-a-half-length win over Cresswell Breeze.
Mr Bachster, who was sent off 5/2 favourite, won the Come To The Races With Racing Travel Handicap Chase.
And the ‘Honourable, Noble Lord Lane of Cranleigh’ Handicap Hurdle was taken by General Girling at 9/2.
Clondaw Cian underlined his potential in the JEB Construction Ltd The Baron Of Holybourne Standard Open Bumper.
The five-year-old Gold Well gelding beat William H Bonney by a length to land a 9/2 starting price.
Clondaw Cian won won a point-to-point in Ireland before switching to Suzy Smith’s Lewes operation.
He kicked off his career in Britain with second place to dual bumper winner Copper Kay at Newton Abbot last month.