He was kept up to his work by Paddy Kennedy to increase the margin to a length over the 5/6 favourite. Shadow Rider was gambled on from 10/3 to 2/1 but finished two and a half lengths further away in third.
“He was tough. He'll come on from that run as well as it was his first of the season,” said Kennedy.
“He was entitled to do that on some of his runs last year. His last run was disappointing but he'd just gone a bit weak.
“He has strengthened up well and he's a nice horse going forward.
“He jumps very well, he's a chaser in the making and whatever he does over hurdles is a bonus.”