Poker School was produced with perfect timing to land the 32Red.com Novices’ Handicap Chase at Kempton Park.
On a card littered with small fields, seven went to post for this 2 ½ mile and half a furlong contest.
Remiluc led over the first fence, where Poker School made an error.
Settling down, Gold Present went on from Remiluc and Max Ward.
Gold Present took the field into the home straight for the first time, with a lead of a couple of lengths over Remiluc and Max Ward, with Sizing Tennessee and Two Taffs next.
However, at the fence in front of the stands, Gold Present made a bad blunder and Sizing Tennessee seized the initiative, passing the post with a circuit to race, with a clear lead over Max Ward.
Racing down the back, Sizing Tennessee led with Gold Present moving back up to second, ahead of Max Ward and Two Taffs, with San Benedetto, patiently ridden in behind these.
By the eleventh fence, Gold Present had gone back into a narrow lead from Sizing Tennessee, but four out there was little between the front two and Poker School had ranged up on the outside of both.
Turning for home, Sizing Tennessee and Poker School led as Gold Present quickly dropped away.
Three out Poker School and Richard Johnson made their play as Max Ward crashed out. Two Taffs became the pursuer.
Racing to the last Poker School was a couple of lengths clear and landed well, drawing away from Two Taffs, with San Benedetto staying on nicely for third.
The Ian Williams trained 6 year old Poker School, failed to get round in his only start over fences last year, but was making it back to back victories this winter.