An extended-term plan got here to fruition for Neil Mulholland after Milkwood claimed a clear-cut victory within the Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle.
The Somerset-based coach revealed he has had the Grade Two contest as the first goal for his seven-year-old ever since ending fourth behind the high-class Sceau Royal within the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las in October.
Since that tremendous effort, Milkwood had been third within the Gerry Feilden at Newbury and third once more within the fiercely-competitive County Hurdle on the Cheltenham Competition.
With the type of the latter contest considerably boosted by the next Grade One success of the winner Belfast Banter, Mulholland’s cost was the 3-1 favorite to get again on the profitable path at Ayr – and did so in spectacular fashion.
After shifting easily into rivalry underneath a assured experience from Sam Twiston-Davies, Milkwood took over the lead from Irish raider Ana Bunina after the ultimate flight earlier than pulling three and three-quarter lengths clear.
Mulholland stated: “He ran very effectively within the Welsh Champion Hurdle and Ayr is a really related monitor, so we have had this in thoughts since then.
“It was the identical sort of race, however higher floor and we’re delighted it is labored out on the day.
“We have been hopeful going into it, but it surely’s onerous to win any race, by no means thoughts a Scottish Champion Hurdle.”
On future plans, he added: “The one race left for him (this season) is the Swinton Hurdle at Haydock.
“He’ll in all probability go chasing at some stage, however I’ve acquired to talk to the proprietor and see what we’ll do.
“We’ll take pleasure in at the moment and see how he comes out of it.”