Summerville Boy showed plenty of stamina to overcome a last flight error and win the Grade One 32Red Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle at Sandown Park.
Another UK Grade One, another woefully small field of five to contest this one.
As the quintet were sent on their way, it was Mont Des Avaloirs who took the field long.
With two to jump, Mont Des Avaloirs had his rivals under pressure, but he was far from fluent and lost momentum just when he needed a good jump.
Summerville Boy went on, chased by Kalashnikov, but it was his turn to blunder at the last.
However, Noel Fehily kept Summerville Boy going and as hard as Kalashnikov tried, he could not breach the gap on the climb to the finish.
The Tom George trained six year-old Sumerville Boy, passed the post about three lengths clear, despite Fehily having lost an iron in that final flight mistake; Mont Des Avaloirs was a distant third.
Fehily told ITV Racing: “At Cheltenham it was a false-run race and he was very free. It was an even gallop today and that suited him.
“He’s a very nice horse.
“I was hoping no one would notice I lost an iron at the last, he got into the bottom of it, but luckily he won really well.
“I think he’ll get further, but he’s a big baby. Tom has been minding him and the reason he’s been running in good races is to keep him as a novice for next year if he didn’t win.”