A packed festive crowd of more than 7,000 enjoyed a feast of racing at the traditional Boxing Day meeting at Market Rasen.
The feature race of the afternoon, the Clugston Lincolnshire Handicap Chase, saw an impressive win by a local horse.
Soudain, trained at Scamblesby by Steve Gollings and owned by Phil Martin, showed them all a clean pair of heals, but needed to find some extra in the straight to hold off the strongly challenging Overyou (4-1).
With the ground very demanding the gruelling three-mile five-furlong chase tested the stamina of the seven strong field and only four managed to finish, the other three being pulled up.
Under apprentice Paul Bohan, who claims 7lbs, the winner was in the lead at the 16th fence, but was joined two out by his rival. Bohan got to work on his mount who stayed on gamely to claim the main prize of the afternoon.
Soudain was an Irish Point to Point winner and also won on heavy ground in a staying hurdle, but his form over both hurdles and the larger obstacles was such that he was well beaten on his last two runs over hurdles and also on his chasing debut. This though was a switch to handicaps and he was well backed in the market.
Michael Chapman brought Epee Celeste (14-1) across the Willingham Road from his Woodlands stables and he jumped soundly enough to finish third.
The opening selling hurdle saw a win for The Society Man (11-2) who was another with form on heavy ground. It was a big day for the horse’s trainer Sarah-Jane Davies who thus saddled her first winner.
The Beginners Chase which came next saw Charlie Huxley steer Marie Des Anges (9-2), who was receiving weight all round, to a successful chase debut.
The Michael Easterby trained Saints and Sinners (7-2) was well beaten on his handicap debut at Aintree earlier this month. He was returning after a break there and clearly was the better for that run and scored here in the third race a Class 4 handicap hurdle.
Gorey Lane won the novices handicap chase impressively with Adrian Lane on board producing a fine ride.
Shortest price winner on the day was 2-1 shot Killimore Cottage who took the novices handicap hurdle at the bottom of the card.