Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Paddy Brennan returned to the winner's enclosure at Cheltenham thanks to 13/2 shot Doittforthevillage's BetVictor Handicap Chase victory on Friday.
Paddy Brennan and Doitforthevillage in the lead , photo Liesl King
Always travelling nicely for Brennan, the eight-year-old son of Turtle Island kept on tenaciously after the final fence to repel the challenge of Ian Williams' Kapstadt (10/3) to score by two lengths, with a further length and a half back to Phil Middleton's Exitas (3/1 favourite) in third.
Trainer Paul Henderson was successful in this race last year with stable companion Un Beau Roman, fifth in this year's renewal and Brennan was delighted to have been a part of the success.
Henderson said: "When we came here last time [for The Showcase Meeting], he was sixth and Paddy [Brennan] said that the ground was too quick for him - he just couldn't cope with the jumping at that speed - but today he said 'it's just right, Paul, just right' - he was quite bullish. He's always said there's a nice race in this horse.
"He's a good, strong horse. Last year he won five races and we've always liked him, he just needs the right ground. He looks like a three-mile chaser and that's what we bought him as; he'd won a point-to-point and been third in a winners-of-one, and we ran him over three miles, but he's clearly a two-miler.
"I think he might get two and a half miles, if we hold him up - he travelled well throughout the race."
Brennan said: "I felt a bit of pressure coming into today as I thought he had a good chance and so it proved.
"The ground is definitely soft - there is no good in it, so I knew he would love it and thought he would win.
"Doitforthevillage just needs to chill out at times but when he does, he is very good.
"Cheltenham is a special place and you look in here and there are so many memories. I just love to see people enjoying the racing no matter what meeting it is. It is a place I will never forget when I finish riding.
Henderson indicated that he might aim Doitforthevillage at the £120,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at The International Meeting on December 16.
Doitforthevillage, photo Liesl King
1.50pm BetVictor Handicap Chase
1 DOITFORTHEVILLAGE (The Rockbourne Partnership) Paul Henderson 8-11-04 Paddy Brennan 13/2
2 Kapstadt (Anchor Men) Ian Williams 7-10-10 Will Kennedy 100/30
3 Exitas (Phil Middleton) Phil Middleton 9-10-09 James Bowen (7) 3/1 Fav
Distances: 2, 1½
Tote Win: £7.10 Places: £1.90; £1.70; £1.60 Exacta: £30.90