NOEL FEHILY is the jockey in form, with Kangaroo Court's impressive win in Newton Abbot's Totequadpot Four Places in Four Races Handicap Hurdle his eighth winner from 16 rides.
Perched quietly aboard the Emma Lavelle-trained gelding, he pushed him from last to first down the home straight and ran out an impressive winner after bypassing favourite Rum And Butter at the last.
Fehily was on board winner number nine when 14-1 shot Western King won the long distance handicap chase.
Lavelle doubled up when Staigue Fort took the concluding handicap hurdle under Gavin Sheehan, confirming the well-being of her team ahead of the winter jump racing season.
Day one of the two-day meeting had seen Philip Hobbs saddle a treble with The Disengager, owned by Devon-based twins Peter and Paul Govier and Exmoor-based Geoffrey Brown, winning the Listed £35,000 Lord Mildmay Handicap Chase. The nine-year-old had led from flag fall and stayed on strongly to win by a length and a quarter from stable-mate Rob Conti.
A Listed chase at Market Rasen in October that he won last season could be next on the agenda for the gelding whose win prompted Hobbs to say: "He's the most remarkable horse who keeps improving despite going up the handicap."
Hobbs was also on the mark with Walter White, who easily won the juvenile hurdle, and Jayandbee, who took up the lead three flights form home in the novices' handicap chase and won by two lengths.
Dual point-to-point winner Easily Pleased scored his first run under Rules on his third start for Martin Hill when readily winning the two and a half miles handicap chase under Hadden Frost.
Another Devon trainer to score was Nigel Hawke, whose Sedgemoor Express easily won the two miles three furlongs handicap hurdle.
The two-day festival could be the last the racecourse stages, with the cost of putting on back-to-back meetings proving prohibitive.
Managing director Patrick Masterson told the Racing Post: "It costs us a minimum of £5,000 more to run two-day meetings rather than two separate days and it can be as much as £10,000. One example of expenditure involved is that we have to book local accommodation for stable employees some months ahead being a holiday region, and that, of course, is not always taken up – as is the case this weekend.
"There's also the turnaround required to get the course ready within 24 hours, plus catering and cleaning, staff and arranging extra stabling."
Masterson added the previous back-to-back meeting evening meeting had required staff to work until 3am.