Harringay attracted plenty of negative publicity last month but was in the news for the right reasons with victory at Ludlow yesterday.

The stewards at Towcester fined trainer Henrietta Knight £1,000, suspended Harringay from running for 40 days and banned Timmy Murphy for 14 days over the running and riding of the horse in November.

But those punishments were successfully overturned on appeal and the mare finished runner-up at Huntingdon on her comeback run this month.

Sent off the 11-10 favourite to go one better in the John Smith's/EBF Mares' Only ''National Hunt'' Novices' Hurdle, Harringay travelled well for Murphy before getting her nose in front two from home.

She then pulled clear to beat Purple Patch by 16 lengths, with Sparkling Sabrina a further 15 lengths back in third.

''She's done it very well. The tongue tie helped her and she just stays. We thought we were in trouble at the top end of the course but she just stayed on and kept galloping,'' said Knight.

''She'll have a bit of a rest now. She has been schooling over fences and she will be better over them than over hurdles.

''We may run her in the mares' final over hurdles as well at Newbury later on in the season. Meanwhile she may go over fences.

Knight went on to complete a double when 100-30 favourite Ringaroses surged to a seven-length success in the Tanners Burgundy Standard National Hunt Flat Race under Paul O'Neill, who was landing a brace of his own after Gustavo continued Venetia Williams' good run in the Tanners Cava Handicap Hurdle.

Demi Beau benefited from Evan Williams' magic touch to get off the mark at the third time of asking for the Welsh handler in the Tanners Champagne Handicap.

Williams has been working the oracle on his Vale of Glamorgan farm by transforming purchases from other yards and appears to have done the trick again with this seven-year-old.