LICKLIGHTER scrambled home to win by half a length (4ft) in the feature race at Perth for Leicestershire trainer Laura Morgan.
The 3/1 chance ridden by Adam Wedge, overcame the five-time course winner Amalfi Doug in the shadow of the post to clinch the Join Racing TV Now Handicap Chase (For The Kilmany Cup).
Trainer Laura Morgan, who also led up the gelding, said: “He used to be trained in Ireland and cost £9,000 – what a good, fun horse he has been for us.
“He’s owned by Paul Read who has been a great supporter of mine since I started training so I’m delighted for him. He was a horse that was quite keen when he first arrived, but he is settling better now.
“Once his chase handicap mark gets too high, we’ll maybe try and nick a hurdle later in the season as he is still a novice in that discipline.”
Elsewhere Derek completed a quick-fire double on board Vino’s Choice and Sword Of Fate. Vino’s Choice took the two-mile handicap chase while the Sword Of Fate scooped the St Johnstone FC Historic Double Handicap Hurdle.
Fox said: “It’s the first time I’ve won on Vino’s Choice, and he ran well here over hurdles last time. He could be the type to keep going over the summer and it helped that they went very hard-up front. Sword Of Fate is very consistent and I had won on him over fences before. He was very tough in front and just didn’t want to be passed.”
Jim Goldie’s versatile mare Pammi secured the long-distance handicap hurdle and won her third race over timber in the process. The six-year-old, who started her career with Anthony Carson, has also won three times on the Flat.