Lets Get Serious launched his hurdles career with a comfortable success at Fontwell yesterday.
Nicky Henderson’s five-year-old was triumphant in his only race last term, beating the talented Dark Lover and Sybarite in a Cheltenham bumper.
And the promising son of Overbury showed no signs of rustiness as he returned to action in West Sussex.
Despite clipping the last in the Wellpool Proud To Sponsor Kirsty Milczarek Novices’ Hurdle, champion jockey Tony McCoy drove him up the hill to beat Alan King’s Medinas by two-and-a-half lengths and justify 5/4 favouritism.
King had earlier tasted success of his own with another exciting prospect.
Secret Edge – a winner at Goodwood on the flat earlier this summer – was third to Hinterland in the Grade 2 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham last month.
That result followed a successful hurdles debut in Listed company.
No surprise to see him dominate the betting for the Wellpool Proud To Sponsor Leonna Mayor Juvenile Hurdle yesterday then.
And the 8/11 favourite duly obliged, cruising clear under jockey Robert Thornton to beat Reggie Perrin by eight lengths.
While Henderson has yet to plot the next move for Lets Get Serious, King is expected to head for Chepstow and the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle with his three-year-old charge.
The spoils were shared on the remainder of track’s seven-race card.
Sandwiched between the performances of the two young guns was a victory for Kim Bailey’s 7/1-shot Real Treasure in the Debbie McCurry Memorial Beginners’ Chase.
She beat Noel Chance’s favourite, Brackloon High.
The Wellpool Building & Maintenance Handicap Chase went to the Kieran Burke-trained market leader Hunt Ball at 5/4.
Forest Rhythm produced a 20/1 shock in the Tiana Honey Watson Handicap Hurdle for Seamus Mullins, while Bring It On Home did just that at 8/1 in the Moneyback On Short Head Losers @Choicebet Handicap Chase.
Matrow’s Lady won the Worthing Audi Handicap Hurdle for trainer Neil Mulholland at 5/1.