JOCKEY Sarah Rippon was full of praise for her eight-year-old SonneOfPresenting after her new charge upset the odds when defeating Cheltenham Festival placed horse Cousin Pete at Barbury on Sunday.

Rippon, who is based in Islip, near Oxford, acquired the Paul and Clare Rooney-owned gelding on a permanent loan through their racing manager Jason Maguire.

And the former Kim Bailey inmate made an instant impact between the flags by giving Rippon a second success in the Weatherbys Hamilton Mixed Open, having claimed the inaugural running with Vincitore in 2017.

Rippon, who trains the gelding out of Henrietta Knight's yard at West Lockinge, near Wantage, was left clear on her front-running mount by Beau Phil's fall at the third-last.

Cousin Pete, who dead-heated for third place in the St James's Place Foxhunter at the Cheltenham Festival, attempted to bridge the gap, but Sonneofpresenting had five lengths to spare at the line.

Rippon said: "I was thrilled to have such a good ride on him. I love this meeting and I really want to support it.

"I took a look to see where Cousin Pete was because he is such an amazing horse, I thought he might come past like a steam train, but I just kept Sonne going. I am honoured to have him."

Elsewhere on the card, Jack Veysey steered The Dapper Fox to victory in the 3m 6f Conditions Race.

Cullompton owner-trainer-rider Veysey sent the ten-year-old into the lead going out on to the final circuit, and his mount quickly went clear for a 20-length triumph.

There was also a first victory for Will Humphrey, who guided Local Show to the post first in the Highflyer Bloodstock PPORA Club Members Conditions Race For Novice Riders.

Irish trainer John 'Shark' Hanlon and jockey Roger Quinlan were also in the winners’ enclosure, teaming up for a short-priced double courtesy of Be One and Woodbrook Boy.

Be One had initiated the quick-fire double with a two-length triumph over So Socksy in the second part of Division 2 of the JRL Group Four, Five And Six-Year-Olds Point-to-Point Flat Race.

Meanwhile Wellington rider Jo Supple landed a double in Division 1 of the bumper and the first part of Division 2 on Isla's Dream and Merchant House respectively.