Approaching the final fence, Southerndown was ready to challenge Palisander for the lead when he cocked his jaw and ran out, leaving Caroline Hurley to bring the winner home six lengths clear of outsider Red Alert Man.
Palisander, winning for the first time in four years, had made most of the running but looked out of it at the second-last as Restless Wind took up the running.
Favourite backers collected in the opening two events thanks to the wide margin victories of Heidi III (1-5) and Palisander
Palisander and Wemyss Quest took each other on as recently as last Saturday when they produced eyecatching performances, in contrasting fashion, at Market Rasen.
Appearing off the same handicap marks as today, they were put in their places by the progressive Croc An Oir but beat the rest, second-placed Palisander finishing a length and a half in front of Wemyss Quest.
Light woods were favored, chiefly figured ash, maple, burr elm, and lemonwood, with attenuated mouldings and delicate marquetry in dark amaranth or palisander
," she wrote.
.Cheshire-based Richard Ford took his score to six, only one adrift of his tally last season, when Palisander
won the two-mile novices' chase in the hands of Richard McGrath.
Gayles And Showers has promised more than he has delivered, but he came good to earn a racecourse reprieve by winning the two-mile novice chase, coming from a near hopeless position to collar Palisander
late on for a neck win.
, ridden by Xavier Aizpuru, stayed on gamely to win the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at the main expense of Barneys Bell.
Richard Ford, who recently hung up his boots following a distinguished career as an amateur, struck with his trainer's cap on with the gambled-on Palisander
(10-1 down to 4-1) in the selling hurdle.
nFormer leading point-to-point rider Richard Ford saddled the eighth winner of his first season as a trainer when Palisander
took the selling handicap hurdle under a fine ride from Nathan Horrocks, writes Ford, 32, won the 1996 Martell Fox Hunters' at Aintree on Rolling Ball and now operates out of Eric Cousins' old base at Tarporley.