Buy Back Bob has been a model of consistency since joining us last year and, following placed efforts on his first three starts for his owners Bob Michaelson and Robin Clay, he deservedly got off the mark over hurdles under a good front-running ride by Richard Johnson (pictured right, receiving the trophy!).

Though winless since a success on the flat in Ireland in 2010, Buy Back Bob had shown he retains plenty of ability in his four previous starts with us and, with Richard deciding to change tactics with him and make the running, the pair proved too good for a trio of hurdling debutants in behind.

His mark shouldn’t go up for that win and we could look to return to handicap company with him, but there is also the option of carrying a penalty in another novice hurdle next time.