Bravemansgame proved to be the novice king at Christmas as he proved too strong for Ahoy Senor in landing the Kauto Star Novice chase in Kempton.
In a competition where jumping proved pivotal, Bravemansgame had the advantage in terms of accuracy and jumping speed over its main market rival, with Harry Cobden pushing his mount to an impressive success for the conductor. Ditcheat Paul Nicholls.
Ahoy Senor made crucial mistakes on the final straight, finishing more than seven points behind the Grand National winning team of Derek Fox and Lucinda Russell.
Broomfield Burg (1/3) kicked off favorite supporters with a perfect start with a bloodless success in the Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side On Football Novices hurdle, going to victory under Nico De Boinville for Nicky Henderson and JP McManus.
He traveled smoothly behind before being pulled out and resumed running between the last two hurdles to sprint and land the short odds, ahead of Black Poppy for Kerry Lee who came back in second.
That win prompted Sky Bet to cut the five-year-old in 25/1 from 40/1 for the supreme novice hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
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Danny Kirwan and Your Darling battled early, with the latter trading at under 1.08 on the run, but failed to keep the closures on soft ground at bay as Jacamar made it home in the final stages.
Mister Coffey returned to second place after a round of jumps that included several violent leaps to his left, with jockey Sean Bowen straightening him out to finish well in the final stages.