Henry de Bromhead ended a lengthy wait for a winner at Cheltenham on Friday after 6-1 shot Heron Heights led home a one-two for the trainer in the Ryman Stationery Cheltenham Business Club Novices' Chase.

Having enjoyed some of his greatest moments at the track, the Knockeen-based handler had failed to saddle a winner at the course with any of his previous 45 runners.

After having survived a scare at the first fence, Philip Enright produced the seven-year-old to join his stablemate Full Cry late on before pulling clear to take victory by a length and three-quarters and claim a fourth win over fences.

De Bromhead said: "It was hard to split them coming in.

"He (Heron Heights) can be keen, but Phillip is a really underrated jockey and a super horseman and got him settled. He did a great job on him.

"I was a bit worried going left-handed, but he seemed to handle it.

"Heron Heights could maybe come back here for the four-miler (National Hunt Chase) or something like that.

"It's nice to get back on the winner's board here as it's been a few years."

While Nicky Henderson likened Thomas Campbell to mischievous cartoon character Dennis the Menace, there was no questioning his attitude following his victory in the Harrison James & Hardie Maiden Hurdle.

After running out an easy winner of a bumper at Kelso in May, the 11-4 shot proved two and a quarter lengths too strong for favourite, and stablemate, Khezerabad.

Henderson said: "This fellow (Thomas Campbell) I was sure was quite straightforward.

"They are two nice youngsters. He (Thomas Campbell) quickened up quite nicely.

"It is a quite a daunting place for a youngster to come. He got lost at Huntingdon then won very easily at Kelso.

"He will stay a bit further and he is a home bred which is lovely. He is a real toy boy and is always up to tricks.

"If there was a naughty boy in the class like Dennis the Menace it would be him. He would be the one causing all the trouble."

"He will probably go for the Henry VIII at Sandown then to Kempton for the Wayward Lad at Kempton over Christmas" - Paul Nicholls reveals his plans for Marracudja  

El Bandit initiated a treble for red-hot trainer Paul Nicholls with a battling victory in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

Using his assured stamina to good effect, the 6-5 favourite followed up his Grade Two success at Chepstow last time out to complete a five-timer.

El Bandit rallied when asked by Sean Bowen to deny chief market rival Black Warrior by three-quarters of a length.

Nicholls said: "I didn't want to run him as he had a hard race last time and it was only on Thursday we decided to run as he loses his novice status next month.

"He was not at his best, but he got away with it.

"He will have a break now and will go three miles next time.

"He might have another hurdle race or he could go over fences."

Stablemate Marracudja (3-1) earned a step up in class after he made every yard for a neck success in the Squareintheair.com Novices' Chase.

Nicholls said: "It's not the ideal track and he will be better off round a speed track like a Sandown, Kempton or Aintree.

"He is a good horse and is only five.

"He will probably go for the Henry VIII at Sandown then to Kempton for the Wayward Lad at Kempton over Christmas.

"His two targets later on will be Aintree and Punchestown. Aintree is made for him when he is fresh."

The champion trainer made it three winners on the day when the Harry Cobden-ridden Cliffs Of Dover (100-30) was too good for Ainslie in the Racing UK Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.

Nicholls, who was securing a 50th winner of the jumps season, said: "He has just improved enormously.

"He will get an entry in the Wensleydale (Wetherby next Friday) and that might be an option. If the ground stays dry it would be prudent to have him in there.

"At some stage he will have a break but he could have an entry in the Greatwood (Hurdle, Cheltenham) if he is eligible.

"I've never known a horse improve physically like he has.

"That might be our fastest 50 which is just great. They are all going well and running well."

The Cheltenham Festival in March looks to be on the agenda for Midnight Shot (8-1) after he backed up his recent success at Fontwell with a three-and-a-quarter-length victory from the front in the Join The Jockey Club Ownership Syndicate Handicap Hurdle.

Trainer Charlie Longsdon said: "Aidan (Coleman) said we should go for a Pertemps qualifier so we will look to step him up to three miles now.

"He will have a winter break then come back in the spring and he could have three options at the Festival - the Pertemps, Coral Cup or the Martin Pipe."