LITTLEHEMPSTON trainer Martin Hill continued his successful summer at Newton Abbot on Saturday when Sheriff Hutton, ridden by Richard Johnson, took the valuable long distance hurdle.
With 14 runners, the More Football Than Ever At totepool.com Handicap Hurdle looked a competitive affair.
Aikideau was runner-up over fences at the last meeting, but trainer Paul Nicholls switched him back to hurdles here.
Sheriff Hutton was 14lbs better off at the weights for his defeat by On The Bridge at Worcester and, with regular jockey Hadden Frost aboard Union Saint for his father Jimmy, Johnson took over the ride.
Sheriff Hutton belied his odds of 16-1 to beat outsider Benbane Head and land the £12,500 prize for Hill, becoming his sixth winner of the summer, double the stable's score for the whole of last season.
Newmarket trainer John Ferguson had four entries in the opener, the Bet Tote Jackpot At totepool.com Novices' Hurdle over two miles and three furlongs, and he saddled two with both Plain Sailing and Beachfire fancied to run well.
Stable jockey Denis O'Regan was aboard Plain Sailing, winner of National Hunt flat races at Stratford and Worcester and, despite hitting the last flight, the 4-6 favourite won comfortably from Kalmbeforethestorm to get punters off to a good start.
Top-weight De Faoithesdream headed the market in the totescoop6 Every Saturday At toteool.com Novices' Handicap Chase and punters collected again as the 9-4 shot beat Lauberhorn and Tri Nations.
Just five went to post for the class 3 totepool.com The Home Of Pool Betting Juvenile Hurdle, with Akdam, who had a run on the Flat at Warwick recently, the only previous winner in the field.
But, this time favourite backers got it wrong as 11-1 chance Walter White, trained in Somerset by Philip Hobbs, sprang a surprise.
The afternoon's big race was the £25,000 Try A totetrifecta At totepool.com Handicap Chase (class 2) at 3.55pm, for which course winner Anquetta and Toubab topped the weights, just ahead of West With The Wind.
Another course winner Dineur was getting a useful weight concession from the top three and punters sent him off the 5-2 joint favourite.
They got it spot on as Peter Bowen's charge battled on well to hold the challenge of Skint from the last fence, having a length in hand at the post.
Bear Island Flint, one of four rides at the meeting for champion jockey A P McCoy, was a warm 1-4 favourite to post his first win at the third attempt in the National Hunt Flat Race.
Those who took the short odds got their fingers burnt, as Rest And Be scored by six lengths for trainer Alan Jones.
Alan King has his summer jumpers in good form, having taken the last race at Stratford on Tuesday with Fighter Jet, and he repeated the trick here when Henry San just held on by a head from the McCoy ridden favourite The Mad Robertson in the concluding handicap chase.