Wishfull Thinking justified 8-11 favouritism in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham.
This two-mile heat lost much of its lustre following the defection of Sprinter Sacre, but it was hard not to be impressed by Philip Hobbs' inmate.
Despite having made a hash of the first fence, the Richard Johnson-ridden Wishfull Thinking jumped cleanly thereafter and had 18 lengths in reserve of Doeslessthanme at the line.
Hobbs said: "I'm delighted. The main problem for a long time has been his breathing - he's had three breathing operations. But this season he has been better with his breathing. We had a scare at the first fence, but he did it well. The Peterborough Chase (Huntingdon, December 13) is now the obvious race - that's definitely an option."
Johnson said: "We had a big scare but he jumped really well."
Coneygree made all of the running to win the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. The Mark Bradstock-trained five-year-old (8-1) added to his gains at Uttoxeter earlier in the month with an eyecatching display from the front in the hands of Mattie Batchelor.
Batchelor said: "He's got a long way to go, but he'd almost give you a better feel than Carruthers. It wasn't a rubbish field - they are all there to be shot at. I jumped the last and he went away again."
Bradstock, whose inmate is a half brother to the 2011 Hennessy winner Carruthers, said: "It doesn't look much fun out there on the ground. It was a brave performance to go out there and make the running.
"He's a completely different stamp of a horse to Carruthers. Carruthers is only 16 hands and struggles to carry a big weight, whereas you'd hope this fellow could as he looks a proper chaser.
"You could look at either the two-and-a-half (Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle) or the three-miler (Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle) back here in March."
24 April 2015Dettori's a Jack of all trades
McManus at Sandown for McCoy finale
Hymn too good for Richards rivals
AP to keep champion's trophy
McCoy praise for Pipe
Apprentice masters Trial rivals
Custom is a Cut above
Wetherby goes Flat out
Divine Hymn in full cry for Dettori
Mutarakez lands Esher honours
Clouds chasing Gold glory
Nicholls seeking dream McCoy ending
AP preparing for final bow
Enright facing leg surgery
O'Meara mulling Force plans
Temple target for Pretend
Winning return for Walsh
Commemorative takes Trial test
Prince and Parrott bow out
Nicholls eyeing McCoy Celebration
Henderson on weather watch
Riches on Road to Punchestown
Apache on Punchestown trail
High hopes for Creek bow
Time called on Condon career
23 April 2015Arrow hits Beverley target
Cannock chasing Richards riches
Godolphin duo bow out
McCoy has Mole in Sandown camp
Eagle camp play waiting game
No catching Collaboration at Epsom
O'Neill door always open for McCoy
Weather worry for Wadham
Knott appeal dismissed
Millman on weather watch
Marlowe lands Epsom Derby Trial
Bolger sights set on Guineas
Hannon outlines Lockinge options
Hannon preparing Classic charge
22 April 2015Irish Guineas target for Baciata
Gleneagles leads Guineas contenders
Strong support for Commonwealth Cup
No decision on Geraghty return
McCoy set for Box Office farewell
Thrilling Friday card at Sandown
Guineas ruled out for Sympathy
Sherman set for Chrome reunion
Riches and Cossack in Gold equation
Recovering McNamara optimistic
Fly and Jezki set for World battle
Cooper braced for 'emotional' day
Sprinter set for Sandown
Celebration favoured for God's Own
Chiang camp target Middleton return
Dettori booked for Marlowe mount
Geraghty closing in on comeback
Hannon has Great expectations
Own poised to duck Sandown
21 April 2015Niven sweet on Cookie Ripon raid
Fly set to break new ground
Uranna sets sail for Punchestown
McCoy available for Gold runners
Toes points in right direction
Ascot not Newmarket for Ward pair
Maude hails departing McCoy
Options open for Gosden's Ball
Mr Mole lined up for AP race
Judge up for the Cup
Kurland heads direct to Ascot
Lieutenant in line for Punchestown