Fusil Raffles landed short odds with a workmanlike performance in the Unibet Elite Hurdle at Wincanton.

Nicky Henderson's four-year-old was forced to miss Cheltenham and Aintree last season, but returned from injury to land a Grade One at Punchestown.

Fusil Raffles, who was sent off the 4-7 favourite, was getting 3lb from Paul Nicholls' Grade Two winner Grand Sancy (11-4) here, but he made a crucial mistake at the second last as the market leaders settled down to battle it out.

Grand Sancy had Fusil Raffles and Daryl Jacob under pressure at that stage, but he guessed at the flight and in an instant Fusil Raffles had the advantage.

To his credit Grand Sancy did not go down without a fight, but he was three-quarters of a length in arrears at the line.

Henderson told ITV Racing: "I was very nervous, he wasn't ready for a racecourse to be honest, so I wasn't expecting it to be easy.

"He's grown so much in the summer and he hadn't filled out. I didn't start with him until about three weeks ago, so I was nervous.

"I wished I'd had three more weeks! There's a lot more to come, he's grown a lot and he literally did his first bit of work three weeks ago, so he's done well."

Fusil Raffles is one of three Champion Hurdle hopefuls this season for Henderson, with Triumph Hurdle winner Pentland Hills and dual champion Buveur D'Air also in that division.

Henderson added: "Buveur D'Air is in great form and, as usual, will go to the Fighting Fifth. Pentland worked this morning and went well, but he grew outwards while Fusil grew upwards!

"Pentland has grown into a bull of a horse. I just need to get him ready for wherever he goes, I'm struggling to find a race for him because after the Fighting Fifth, there's a dearth of two-mile races. I don't want them taking each other on yet."

Reserve Tank opened his account over fences in the John Romans Park Homes "Rising Stars" Novices' Chase.

Colin Tizzard has high hopes of the five-year-old reaching the very top given he won twice at the highest level over hurdles last season.

However, he was surprisingly beaten on his chasing debut at Chepstow recently when he met the last fence wrong and Jarveys Plate flew past him.

There was no hiding place in this Grade Two as Solomon Grey set a serious pace in front, jumping with accuracy and increasing his lead at most fences.

Reserve Tank travelled through the race alongside If You Say Run and by the third-last obstacle, the two market leaders cruised past Solomon Grey.

It was clear running down to the last Robbie Power just had to jump it safely on the 4-5 favourite and while he did not sprint clear on the run to the line, Reserve Tank was three and three-quarter lengths too good for If You Say Run (3-1).

"I'll give him an eight (out of 10)," said Power.

"He hated the ground and he's a horse we might not see a lot of through the winter when the ground is very heavy - all his best form was in the spring last year on good ground.

"He jumped adequately, he'd improved from Chepstow, he was much more relaxed today which was great and he didn't do a stroke when he got to the front, he was very idle.

"He's a very good horse. I just think he's ground dependent at the moment. Maybe as he gets older he'll handle it, but all his best form is on good ground."

Tizzard told ITV Racing: "During the race I was wondering how well he was travelling as he's always been a bit keen, but that's better to see him like that and he's won really well in the end.

"Robbie makes it look easy. We're glad to have him any time he wants to get on the plane, he's really good for us.

"He's been talked up all summer having won two Grade Ones, but sometimes you don't know if those that won early in the year are over the top. This year he was beaten by a better horse at Chepstow, but today was a lovely performance."

Paul Nicholls landed his 10th Badger Beer Silver Trophy Handicap Chase as 5-1 co-favourite Give Me A Copper provided part-owner Alex Ferguson with a famous win.

Nicholls also ran Present Man in the race, who had won the last two renewals under Bryony Frost, but once he relinquished the lead to Rock The Kasbah on the second circuit, his supporters knew their fate.

Rock The Kasbah looked right back to his best and tried stretching the field down the back straight, but Harry Cobden and Give Me A Copper, who has been plagued by injury in recent years, always looked to be travelling comfortably.

There were still a handful in with a chance turning into the straight, with Royal Vacation and Just A Sting holding claims, but in the end is was Soupy Soups who threw down the final challenge.

Soupy Soups (10-1) was flying after the last, but to his credit, Give Me A Copper had enough left to fend off the lightweight by a neck with Royal Vacation (16-1) back in third.

As the winner crossed the line Nicholls, who is also one of the part-owners, embraced former Manchester United manager Ferguson.

"I'm thrilled that we've eventually got him right to win a big race," Nicholls told ITV Racing.

"Everything went right today, Harry gave him a great ride and even managed to save a bit for the finish".

Ferguson said: "I'm really pleased. We didn't expect it to be honest, as it was his first run and Paul said he might be a bit fresh, so it's really nice.

"Paul was strangling me! I'm covered in coffee, it was nice to watch - he was produced at the right time between the last two.

"I don't know what we'll do with him now. I love winning and that is why we are all in it, the excitement at the end - you can't beat it."

Nicholls and Cobden also teamed up to take the closing Jaytrack Employee Day Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race with Confirmation Bias (3-1 joint-favourite).

Misty Bloom (9-2) appeared to relish the rain that fell earlier in the afternoon when winning the Richard Barber Memorial Mares' Handicap Hurdle.

There looked to be some nice youngsters in the Frome Scaffolding Group EBF Stallions "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle in which Alan King's Edwardstone (6-1) came out on top.

The Philip Hobbs-trained Keep Moving (5-1) was a clear-cut winner of the Z Hotels Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase under Sean Houlihan.