The Package staked an early claim for the Hennessy Gold Cup as he fought off Michel Le Bon to land the Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton for David Pipe and Timmy Murphy.
The nine-year-old cruised to the front approaching the cross-fence five out, and from then was always in charge, even though Ruby Walsh and Michel Le Bon never gave up the chase. The winning distance was three and three-quarter lengths.
Pipe said of the David Johnson-owned winner: "He's really a Grand National horse, but he's in the Hennessy and we'll have to look at that. He's always been a very good horse, and Timmy has ridden a perfect race, although the ground was probably softer than ideal."
Murphy played his part in the triumph as he pre-trained The Package in the summer. The jockey said of the 5-1 winner: "He came to me after Cheltenham and I got the pre-training into him.
"As a young horse he would be too keen and do too much, but at the moment he's beautifully settled."
Fairy Rath was gameness personified in making every yard of the totepool Mobile Text Tote To 89660 Handicap Chase.
The Nick Gifford-trained six-year-old ran virtually to the pound with Henry San as he turned round recent Chepstow placings with that rival under Denis O'Regan.
Fairy Rath (5-1) is owned by talk show host Jeremy Kyle's wife, Carla, who was in Barbados watching the race with top owner Andy Stewart. Kyle was on a flight from New York to Barbados so missed the race.
22 September 2014Classic hopes for Halford pair
Marnane pair take a break
Eagle the highlight for Smullen
X-Factor makes it Peckham first
Cooper edging closer to return
River 'possible' for Royal Lodge
Nash eyeing Aintree bid for Busy
Ajjaadd team seek autumn aim
Fitz fine following comeback run
Dark team to mull options
Glory in Abbaye frame
Ascot on Silk radar
21 September 2014Brooch adorns Smullen century
Together takes Gowran spoils
Chrome beaten in Parx return
Fab Fitz back in business
Ayr raid heaven sent for Doyle
Improving Angel lifts Trophy
Hunter hits the target at Ayr
Pilot flies to Newbury glory
Close gets Silver call
Toocool too good in Mill Reef
Dark lights up in Clyde
Hill stars at Newbury
20 September 2014King Louis strikes Ayr gold
Yeenaan takes control
Wannabe Yours heads Joel list
Providence supplemented for Rockfel
That could tackle fences this year
Bell saddened by Wigmore article
Limato out of Mill Reef
Horse welfare 'priority' - BHA
Four-timer for magical McCoy
Accipiter comes good for Wall
Hawk leads treble swoop for Hughes
Bamford wants a Gold Watch
Ainippe samples joy of six at Ayr
Goldie pair on Gold run
Angel of the north heads to Newbury
Candy issues Limato Reef advisory
Glorious bids to protect Legacy
19 September 2014Perfect return for Maguire
Rebel has a cause at Listowel
Ryan quartet in Ayr raid
Varian swoops for Marshall
Simcock aims high with star duo
Bolster back on Gold trail
Fahey chasing Newmarket Millions
Time called on Dude career
Makin off to a flyer at Ayr
Festival stalwart Celestial retired
Guest banking on Memory at Ayr
Dettori sweet on World rule
Baraweez on track for Ascot
Maguire raring to go
Watchable handed low Gold draw
Palmer mulls Aktabantay options
Bronze seeking Newmarket gold