OK Corral underlined his chasing credentials with a super performance to run out an impressive winner of the Listed Hampton Novices’ Chase at Warwick.
Four went to post for this three-mile race.
Grade Two winner Rocky’s Treasure, took the field along from the almost white White Moon, with Secret Investor and OK Corral matching strides behind these.
There was little change in the order, as Rocky’s Treasure and David Bass took the quartet into the home straight with a circuit to race, with OK Corral travelling powerfully and pulling his way into second, as they passed the winning post.
Racing downhill, Rocky’s Treasure continued to lead, with White Moon moving back into second, as Derek O’Connor took a pull on OK Corral, with Secret Investor still very much in touch.
The leader continued to travel well and entered the back straight with a length advantage over White Moon, with Secret Investor, racing wide, moving closer and OK Corral to the inside.
With four to jump, Rocky’s Treasure made an error and Secret Investor went on, with OK Corral moving menacingly in behind, as White Moon dropped back.
Secret Investor turned for home in front of OK Corral, who ranged alongside at the second last.
OK Corral pressed on at the last and lengthened well on the flat to win by about six lengths from Secret Investor, with Rocky’s Treasure a well held third and then White Moon.
The Nicky Henderson trained nine year-old, OK Corral, travelled well throughout here and whilst labelled fragile by his trainer, looks set to contest the four-miler at the Cheltenham Festival.