Impulsive Star was a gutsy winner of the Grade Three McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick.
Twelve horses lined-up for this stamina-sapping race over three miles and five furlongs.
Cogry was well into his stride and took the first to the inside, with last year’s winner Milansbar, racing wide, in second and then Step Back.
Passing to post with two circuits in front of them, Cogry and Milansbar matched strides, although they were separated by half the width of the fences. Step Back ran third and then there was a gap back to Ultragold and Impulsive Star, with Un Temps Pour Tout next.
Milansbar moved into a narrow lead, as the field headed down the back straight, with Cogry to his inner and then Step Back, with the rest of the field getting closer. The novice, Ibis Du Rheu, raced at the back of the field.
Milansbar continued to show plenty of vigour, with Step Back moving into second and then Cogry, as they raced back into the home straight.
With a circuit left, Milansbar and Gina Andrews were in front of Step Back, with the field closing.
The veteran headed into the back straight on the final circuit, with Step Back for company and then Impulsive Star and Ultragold, as Cogry quickly back-pedalled and Ibis Du Rheu began to make progress out wide.
Step Back headed Milansbar with seven to jump and Impulsive Star began to look dangerous, along with Carole’s Destrier.
Impulsive Star moved into the lead six out, but was joined by Step Back at the next, with Crosspark closing and then Carole’s Destrier, Ultragold and Calett Mad and these moved clear.
Turning for home, Impulsive Star led with Crosspark and Calett Mad for company.
Calett Mad and James Bowen set sail for home and led from Crosspark and Impulsive Star and the second last.
But the race was not put to bed as Impulsive Star and Crosspark began to rally.
Calett Madd took the last with Impulsive Star fighting back on the inside and the 12 pounds weight difference began to tell, with amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, fasting to make 9 stone 12 pounds.
Impulsive Star and Waley-Cohen got back up on the flat to beat Calett Mad by a couple of lengths, with Crosspark third and then Carole’s Destrier.
The Neil Mulholland trained nine year-old, was winning over fences for the first time under Rules, but had finished second to OK Corral – an earlier winner on the Warwick card, in his previous start.