CHIPPING Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon was bubbling over with excitement after Pete The Feat gave him his most valuable career success in the 32Red Veterans’ Handicap Chase Final at Sandown on Saturday.

Now 13, the gelding rolled back the years to capture the £61,900 first prize by galloping home with great gusto to hold off Theatrical Star by two lengths with stablemate Loose Chips a gallant third.

The 20-1 outsider was winning for the first time since December 2013, and Longsdon said: “Pete The Feat has been a legend for years.

“He got a lovely light weight today.

“It is great. It is his tenth win of his career. He has been a brilliant servant for us in the past and Aidan (Coleman) gave him a great ride.

“Loose Chips has ran a blinder as well. He has missed three weeks since his last run.

“He has only been trained off ten days because he had a bad cut, so I am over the moon.”

Longsdon added: “Wilf Rayer used to ride out for Sir Gordon Richards and he rides him out every day and lets him get away with murder.

“That’s what keeps him sweet though.

“We had him retired two years ago, he had over a year off then he came back last season.

“I think we might give him another run as he loves it so much.”

Coleman said of the winner: “He doesn’t ride like he is 13. He rides like a four-year-old.

“You are always trying to retain his enthusiasm.

“He had a low weight, so I was quite anxious to kick on turning in as I knew he’d gallop to the line.

“He just absolutely loves it, and I loved it as well.”