THE undercard to the Betfair Chase at Haydock last Saturday contained plenty of interest. Thebannerkingrebel kicked things off with a ready win in the listed novices’ hurdle, though his time equates to a figure of 135, and he has some way still to go to be a leading Supreme Novices’ candidate.

Keeper Hill achieved more than may be widely appreciated when beating a trio of useful novices in the Graduation Chase, conceding them weight and getting up late on in a well-run contest to record a 151 timefigure.