Ben Haslam works his magic as Bouvreuil triumphs at Wetherby

trainer Ben Haslam's roller-coaster week ended with the rejuvenated Bouvreuil winning Wetherby's feature two-mile steeplechase.

Leading owner JP McManus.

The win came a week after the Middleham trainer lost Bleu Et Rouge to a fatal fall in Newcastle’s Fighting Fifth Hurdle.

Owned by JP McManus, Bouvreuil was previously trained by Paul Nicholls and was placed at three successive Cheltenham Festivals.

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However, Bouvreuil appeared to have lost his way and McManus often sends such horses to Haslam in the hope that a change of scenery rekindles their enthusiasm.

Under Alain Cawley, Bouvreuil finished fastest of all to beat 2017 winner Movie Legend on the run-in with Micky Hammond’s course specialist Just Cameron third.

Another eye-catching winner over fences was the Adam Nicol-ridden Skipthesales, who continued the fine form of North Yorkshire’s Phil Kirby, who is Wetherby’s leading trainer this season with five wins to his name.

David Bass faces a spell on the sidelines after being left concussed by a fall from Mon Palois at the penultimate fence in the fourth race.

It was a cruel blow to Bass, who had won the first two races on the card courtesy of Kim Bailey’s Two For Gold and Caroline Bailey’s Lady Master, respectively.