Buck Mulligan took advantage of a drop in class to take the feature Jardine Catering Handicap Chase at Sedgefield.
The seven-year-old, not disgraced in better company at Market Rasen and Cheltenham on his last two starts, had been dropped 5lb by the handicapper and punters took the hint as they sent Evan Williams' charge off the 11-4 favourite.
He had to dig deep to see off the strong challenge of No Planning by a neck, with Rich Lord breathing down their necks in third.
The trainer said: "The handicapper has helped us. This horse has been running very well in some races where we weren't getting much leeway. He dropped him 5lb and that made the difference today. The horse deserved it because he is consistent and he is good in his grade.
"I thought he could win a higher class race, but he needed to get his head in front because he might have started to get a bit demoralised, so credit to the handicapper."
Ryan Mania, second on No Planning, still had a good day with a 545-1 double courtesy of Grate Fella and Strobe. He struck first on Grate Fella (25-1), who overturned evens favourite Blackwater King in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle.
Sue Smith's four-year-old got the better of a prolonged duel to score by a length and a half.
Strobe (20-1) was always up with the pace as Mania enjoyed a 17-length romp on Lucy Normile's eight-year-old over On Gossamer Wings in the Collins Seafoods Ltd Handicap Chase.
Keen Sedgefield supporter John Wade, local businessman and owner/trainer, enjoyed a birthday winner when his colours were carried to victory by the Chris Grant-trained Alpha One in the Freebetting.co.uk Handicap Chase. Brian Hughes got a good tune out of the 9-4 joint-favourite to score by seven lengths.
Grant said: "It probably wasn't the greatest race in the world, but you can do no more than win. He's run well there before but it's the first time he's won there. I haven't looked any further than today. Now he's won at Sedgefield I wouldn't mind going there again if there's a race to suit."
22 April 2014France adds flair to Guineas
Mullins drops Vautour Champion hint
Rizeena delights in Guineas workout
Exciting Bunker given Dante date
Carberry targets swift return
Culloty keen on Gold run for Heeled
Hannon triple-handed in Guineas
Resurge revived for Epsom return
Williamson escapes serious injury
Sandown option for Battalion
Johnston pair clash in Derby Trial
Rizeena thrills Brittain on gallops
Reckless Abandon returns to track
Door bags National glory
Twiston-Davies hits four-timer
Joe suffers shock defeat
Scudamore hits century mark
Ivan lands Fairyhouse prize
Thousand shows star quality
Cirrus set for Treve clash
Houblon heads Gold contenders
Guineas still on Berkshire radar
21 April 2014Door bags National glory
Wilson passes away
Ivan lands Fairyhouse prize
Stepper set for trip drop
Richards in Telescope sights
Ladies geared for Summer repeat
Hill out of Irish National
No Dundeel at Royal Ascot
Clowance up for the Cup
Garner hit with lengthy ban
Memories in Final flourish
Fitz powers home at Fairyhouse
Toner hits target for Elliott
Joe ready for Cork outing
Lennon looking to call tune
Ground holds key to Tonto show
Lucky escape for Cook
Mind called up for National service
20 April 2014Fitz powers home at Fairyhouse
Lyons backs Brackan
Brookhouse turns to Crawford
Weld and Smullen keep up good work
Whiskey shows winning spirit
Brook another for Russell team
Zurigha blossoms in Snowdrop
Planning pounces at Haydock
Escalating moving on up
Buntline bidding for more
Rebel all set for big Powers test
19 April 2014Bolger on mark with double
Elliott calling on Toner
Fry taking Bold route at Haydock
Snowdrop test for Ribbons
Classic redemption for Grandeur
Hanagan the star man for Fahey
Doyle pounces with classy Cat
Litigant goes Marathon distance
Guineas hope Ertijaal delivers
Life's good for Kirby and McEntee
Moss ready to roll for Brown
Tigers on the prowl for Teal