Ptit Zig continued his burgeoning career over fences with a second success in the space of a week when taking the Highflyer / Million In Mind 4 & 5yo Novices’ Chase at Warwick yesterday.
Paul Nicholls’ charge - a Grade One winner over hurdles in France last term - was sent off the 2-11 favourite and barely had to be shaken up to extend his winning advantage to 12 lengths.
Part-owner Barry Fulton said: “I thought he did it very well, but he is still learning and will be better when they go quicker.
“He has had two quick runs back-to-back so we will see how he comes out of this.
“But there is a race at Exeter in a couple of weeks (Harry Dutfield Memorial Novices’ Chase) which is worth £20,000 that we may go for.
“The main thing is he has showed he can jump. He wasn’t foot perfect, but we’re very happy with him”
Nicholls said: “It was a small field, but they have to get experience and now we can step him up in grade.”
Favourite backers enjoyed a successful afternoon with Maybe Plenty justifying her price with a 12-length romp in the racinguk.com Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.