A P McCoy arrived by helicopter at Newton Abbot from Fos Llas with just minutes to spare but the last-minute dash was worth it with when Rum And Butter landed a gamble in the feature handicap hurdle.
Surprisingly, just five went to post in the race which was worth more than £10,000 to the winner, but in this case size did not matter as it was hugely competitive with four in with a chance turning into a home straight.
McCoy was always travelling ominously well on the Jonjo O'Neill-trained five-year-old, while the others were scrubbing about, and he took up the running before the second last.
A clean jump there and again at the last nailed it, and all Get Me Home Now could do was chase him home in vain. Rum And Butter has now won three out of three at the course.
McCoy quickly doubled up in the following handicap hurdle on the Jim Best-trained Sugar Hiccup, a well supported favourite, who was kicked on to win very easily.
The gelding's success made some amends for Best, who had seen two favourites turned over the night before.
Conor Shoemark, who started riding when he was 15 years old, is rapidly making his mark as a force to be reckoned with and the conditional was on the mark again on Health Is Wealth in the long-distance handicap chase.
The Colin Tizzard-trained eight-year-old was kicked on two fences from home to win by three lengths from Monty's Revenge.
Shoemark's success as a jockey is no surprise to those who know him. His grandfather, Bill, rode over 300 winners and his father Ian rode over 100 winners, including a winner for the Queen at Newmarket on his first-ever ride.
Benny's Quest, under Peter Carberry, swept alongside long-term leader Mibleu and took the lead over the last in the penultimate handicap chase to score yet another winner for the in-form Neil Mulholland.
A shake of the reins was all that was needed from Noel Fehily to win the bumper on odds-on favourite Chalk It Down on his racecourse debut for owner-trainer Warren Greatrex. Bought for £25,000 as a two-year-old, Chalk It Down looks certain to have a new owner next time he lines up.
Cheltenham Festival winner Ted Veale is set to make a swift return to action after featuring in a maximum field of 20 declared for tomorrow's Betfred Ebor at York.
Tony Martin's gelding was a winner at Bellewstown on Wednesday, bouncing back from a disappointing effort on heavy ground in the Galway Hurdle, and will turn out again quickly under a 4lb penalty.