NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES is fast becoming a Saturday big-race specialist.

Having dominated the opening Cheltenham meeting last week with a Saturday treble, he saddled a one-two with Bristol De Mai and stable companion Blaklion in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby this weekend.

Bristol De Mai (6-1) was always travelling sweetly for Daryl Jacob in the soft ground he loves but he had to fight hard with a 6lb penalty to see off Blaklion by half a length. Definitly Red was beaten a long way back in third.

Gloucestershire trainer Twiston-Davies, who was winning the Charlie Hall for a record fifth time, said: "Bristol De Mai doesn't turn seven for a few weeks so he should be coming into his own this season, which is amazing given what he has already achieved.

"It will be the Betfair Chase at Haydock next for him. He should get his soft ground and he likes it there.

"He was always travelling and I was just very happy with him.

"Blaklion pleased me, too. That should leave him spot-on for the Becher Chase at Aintree."

Prior to the race, much of the talk concerned 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree, owned by a Cotswold-based syndicate, but he was pulled up on his latest comeback race, making an error at the third fence and jumping erratically after that.

Assistant trainer Sara Bradstock said: "He simply frightened himself at the ditch.

"He pulled him up because he simply wasn't jumping like he normally does and he wasn't going to win. He is the best jumper in the world normally so something wasn't right.

"Thankfully he seems fine, he's got a little cut but nothing serious.

"Nico said the sun was very bright and it might be that he didn't see the fence."

Another trainer based at Naunton in Gloucestershire, Fergal O'Brien, enjoyed a double with Colin's Sister in the Grade Two bet365 Hurdle and Diamond Fort in the last.