Allmankind impressed on his final run before heading to Cheltenham, seeing off the promising Sky Pirate in the rescheduled Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick.
The five-year-old made all in the contest and the gelding’s lightening quick pace was too much for his opponents, but he did make a few mistakes and survived a scare at the second last.
Dan Skelton’s prospect saw his price for the Arkle Chase shortened from 10/1 to 7/1, and could be a surprise challenger to the two market favourites, Shishkin and Energumene. Runner-up Sky Pirate remained at 8/1 for the Grand Annual for Jonjo O’Neill.
Two For Gold produced a gutsy performance in the Paddy Power Warwick Castle Handicap Chase, holding off the late advances of Aso and Admiral’s Secret.
Kim Bailey’s eight-year-old, who is a 25/1 shot for the Ultima Handicap Chase, made a strong front-running effort and a top-class ride from jockey David Bass saw the gelding hold out to win by a neck.
Meanwhile at Naas, Capodanno saw his price trimmed for the County Hurdle from 20/1 to 16/1, after making up an eye-catching amount of ground to claim third in the Horse and Jockey Rated Novice Hurdle.