Act Of Kalanisi continued Dr Richard Newland's excellent recent strike-rate when registering his first win over fences at Leicester.
The six-year-old was the Worcester trainer's fifth win from his last seven runners when taking the John O'Gaunt Novices' Chase. Fulfilling the promise of an encouraging debut effort over the bigger obstacles at Ascot earlier this month, Act Of Kalanisi (7-4) outpointed Ciceron by seven lengths.
The winner took over from long-time leader Court In Session as they rounded what should have been the final fence which they bypassed after Dubai Crest fell on the first circuit.
Dr Newland said: "He probably just needed the run at Ascot and it just sharpened him up. I'm pleased he's got his head in front for the first time for a while and he's been working very nicely at home. Hopefully, he can go on from there. It was a good confidence booster. I think we'll look to run him once more this side of Christmas.
"I'm not quite sure yet whether to go for another novice with a penalty or we might have a shot at a better race - we'll have a think about it. We'll stick to distances from two miles to two-four. I've never sure of his trip. I thought he might need two miles four, but a properly run race over two miles on a stiff track is not too bad for him. It might even suit him."
Gerard Galligan enjoyed his first winner in the saddle when scoring on Peak Seasons for Michael Chapman in the Castle Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Chase. The 9-1 outsider of the quintet led approaching four out and jumped well for his rider as he swept to a seven-length victory over Ouest Eclair.
Chapman said: "It's very pleasing because, generally, the horse is insulted by the press, but he is genuine and won by seven lengths today, going away. It's Gerard's first winner. He works for me which is why he claimed 10lb."
Champion jockey Tony McCoy made it 110 winners for the season when steering home Open Day (5-2 favourite) for his boss JP McManus and trainer Jonjo O'Neill in the Weatherbys Foreign Exchange Handicap Hurdle. Open Day had been off the track for 18 months before returning at Haydock 19 days earlier and showed he was tuned up by holding Grafite by a length and a half, with Minsky Mine third in a tight race.
Conditional jockey Trevor Whelan brought Ironically (5-1) with a perfectly-timed run to win the Ashby Magna Juvenile Fillies' Hurdle. The 5lb claimer produced the Neil King-trained four-year-old to head long-time leader Miss Conduct on the run-in to score by two and a half lengths.
Red Rouble outpointed Nom De Guerre after a hard-fought tussle on the run to the line in the Katherine Swynford Handicap Chase. The 7-2 co-favourite, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies and owned and trained by his fathe, Nigel, gained the upper hand close home to win by three-quarters of a length.
7 March 2014Exchange rate pays dividend
Temps doubtful for Festival
Lockinge target for Tonto
Conor settles in at Cheltenham
De Bromhead sweet on Special
Epsom to honour St Nick
All set for a super Saturday
Mullins dominates JLT entries
Al and Dynaste top Ryanair field
Big two lead World possibles
Silver aiming to shine
Imperial only thought for Honeyball
Distance fears for Highland
Montiridge preps for Dubai trip
Ayr gets go-ahead
Ayr delay inspection decision
Benbulben misses Cheltenham
Card 'gut wrencher' for Tizzard
Guard stands tall for new record
Faugheen looms over Neptune field
Ballycasey stands firm in RSA
Sire spearheads Queen Mother list
Australia still in Derby shake-up
Henderson perfectly happy with Tent
Regal leads the way in Imperial
6 March 2014McNamara in 'excellent spirits'
Codd snapped up for Sea
Farm National bid in the balance
Byron all set for Aussie challenge
Ayr takes precautions
Bridgwater salutes unsung hero
Murtagh watches on at Lingfield
Mullins retains Fly supporting cast
Bittar welcomes bill amendments
Fenton cleared for Festival runners
Trip concerns sway McCoy to Fishers
Regal vies for Imperial rule
Mullins quintet in Supreme mix
Arkle has Champagne sparkle
Rizeena given dual Guineas options
5 March 2014Bailey praying for rain
Cee Bee supplemented for Champion
Sherwood leaning towards Bartlett
Module to take Queen Mother test
Cee Bee supplemented for Champion
Farr closes in on Winter repeat
Cirrus satisfies Barande-Barbe
Oscar teed up for Bumper raid
Tent 'sound' after injury scare
Sparrow in full flight
Seven shooting straight for Aintree
BHA soothes Mullins security fears
Moore frets over Sea Winter run
Hopes high for Alderwood return
Bolger to make late Gilgamboa call
Nay Never could be a Jersey boy
Guard gallops into record books
Cirrus fourth on Chantilly return
Security on Mullins' mind
Crecy takes Treve pacemaking role
More Of That ride up for grabs
Parade set to swerve Cheltenham
Upbeat Henderson monitoring Tent
Tea team not expecting miracles
4 March 2014Lad aiming to lift Wulfruna prize
Weld waits on Vigil call
Sherwood facing Dan deliberation
Coup was "satisfying", says Curley
Walsh: Annie can go the distance
Hughes at ease with Colonel
Wincanton switch for Artillery
Milan set for hurdles outing
Avenue back on road to Sandown
Fontwell abandons Wednesday card
Saviour likely to miss season
No World bid for Monksland
Braithwaite seeking Dream success