Nautical Nitwit showed tremendous resolution to see off Old Guard in the Grade Two West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby.

A field of five contested this three mile race.

Monbeg Theatre and Nautical Nitwit took the field along through the early stages.

There was little change in the order as the five raced down the home straight, with Monbeg Theatre leading Nautical Nitwit, with Keeper Hill and Old Guard ahead of High Secret. That was the order, as the field set out with a circuit to run.

Leaving the back straight, Old Guard and High Secret came under pressure.

Up front, Monbeg Theatre and Nautical Nitwit lead, but the latter and Keeper Hill came under pressure, as Old Guard started to stay on.

Racing to the second last, Monbeg Theatre led from the battling Nautical Nitwit, with Old Guard coming between runners.

In a thrilling finish, Monbeg Theatre ceded and it was Nautical Nitwit who got up from Old Guard, with Monbeg Theatre third.

The nine year old Nautical Nitwit, was giving jockey Thomas Dowson a huge winner, and a big race double for trainer Philip Kirby, who had early won the Listed mares’ race with Lady Buttons.