Ruby Walsh got the better of Tony McCoy in a fine tussle between the two top jockeys for the Shawbrook Bank Graduation Chase at Ascot.
Trainer Paul Nicholls felt this small-field event, for horses which have not won more than two chases, fitted in nicely for Cedre Bleu, who has had a fairly low-key career so far.
The Walsh-ridden 5-4 joint-favourite sat in behind McCoy and Brass Tax for most of the way but as they jostled for the victory down the home straight, Cedre Blue found half a length more.
"I think putting cheekpieces on him has helped him concentrate better," said Nicholls.
"The conditions were perfect and he's a sort of unexposed horse. I'll probably find another one of these next month and then go for something better in the spring."
The team registered a double through even-money favourite Ulck Du Lin in the BGC Partners Handicap Chase.
David Bridgwater has a progressive horse on his hands in Wyck Hill (4-1), who took the Champagne Bollinger Silver Cup Handicap Chase by four lengths.
Effectively running off a 13lb higher mark than on his reappearance victory at Wetherby as he was out of the handicap, the strapping eight-year-old kept pulling out more for Tom Scudamore as he held off the persistent Katenko.
The trainer said: "Tom was brilliant on him today, and all the horse does is stay. He'll go up again but I might run him in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton. He could end up being a National horse."
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