Shang Tang opened his account on the ninth time of asking when taking a step up in journey in his stride at Ascot.
Out of luck in his three bumpers and 5 earlier hurdle begins, the Emma Lavelle-trained six-year-old lastly struck gold on his first try over the prolonged two-mile-five-furlong journey of the Coral “Fail To End” Free Wager Novices’ Hurdle.
After leaping the penultimate flight along with early chief and favorite Southfield Harvest, the 9-Four shot quickly asserted happening to the final earlier than happening to attain by three lengths.
Lavelle mentioned: “He has at all times been a bit immature. He left residence within the horse field going through forwards and he arrived on the racecourse going through backwards. That is form of him.
“He was leaping the hurdles so quick I used to be considering possibly I ought to have gone again to 2 miles, however truly he’s a strong-travelling, great-jumping horse that appears to remain and that opens up a world of alternative for him.
“He had run some very nice races and if you happen to have a look at his type there are bits of it which can be respectable, however it simply hasn’t occurred for him. I believe everybody could have gained confidence at present.”