Overturn (2-9 favourite) made a solid return to the fray in the 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Novices' Chase at Doncaster.
Donald McCain has patiently waited for better ground for the gifted nine-year-old, who leapt to prominence in the betting for the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival following a runaway victory at Sandown in November.
McCain's cautious approach was rewarded on Town Moor as Jason Maguire's mount galloped 25 lengths clear at the line.
Overturn, typically, jumped with exuberance from the outset, but had Conquisto for company until the sixth-last fence, when the odds-on favourite exerted authority. A flamboyant leap four out then helped put daylight between his nearest pursuer as McCain's inmate struck with plenty in hand.
McCain said: "He'll come back here for the Lightning Novices' Chase (on January 26). What he really wants is two miles and good ground and he'll be a sight to behold."
Reflecting on his performance, McCain said: "He's had a scoot round and he's quickened it turning in - that's Overturn. He jumped straight which was good to see as he had a tendency to go to his right over hurdles but there wasn't a glimpse of it. It was very pleasing.
"The spectacular jumps are great but they're for the wall, you want them to fiddle away, that's the thing that pleased Jason as even when he was wrong he fiddled away. It's another step down the road and it's out of the way.
"The first day of Cheltenham the ground is usually the soft side of good and he can cope with that but he will be a sight to be seen when he's tapping the planks from the moment he jumps off. That's just him, until you jump off and go as quick as you can from the moment you jump off you won't see the best of him.
"I respect Simonsig massively but we don't need to be scared of anyone. We'll come back here (for the Lightning) as it's back to two miles and you know you'll get just about the best ground in the country. That will give us plenty of time to Cheltenham."
Maguire said: "I'm delighted with that, he's jumped super. When all is said and done, it's two-miles-three on softish ground. He'll be better again on better ground when we can let him roll along."
26 July 2016All-the-way Creggs Pipes powers to Galway glory
Connections to appeal Ascot demotion of Namhroodah
Super Mac signs off with winning Connection at Goodwood
Elidor the horse for the big occasion
Dutch delight for Charlie Hills and James McDonald
War Decree lays down the law with Vintage performance
Fire Fighting too hot for Goodwood king Mark Johnston
Ulysses primed to bounce back in Gordon Stakes
No grounds for concern with The Last Lion team
Meade seeking Galway Plate Riches with Road again
Hugo Palmer keen to savour winning feeling once more with Galileo Gold
Enda Bolger leads tributes to former amateur star JT McNamara
Former star amateur JT McNamara dies aged 41
Competition watchdog orders sale of 350-400 shops before Ladbrokes/Coral merger
Swamp Fox takes control in Galway feature
Wolverhampton shock as Dandy Flame wins at 200-1
Willie Mullins embarks upon chasing career with Galway-bound Briar Hill
Pyromaniac given green light to run in Galway Hurdle
No Goodwood going concerns for Stewards' Cup favourite Orion's Bow
Brian Ellison bemoans Baraweez draw in Galway showpiece
Charlie Appleby anticipating Vintage display from Boynton
Minding tops 10 contenders for Nassau glory at Goodwood
Hugo Palmer hoping Lennox pair can make their mark at Goodwood
25 July 2016Buonarroti and Declan Carroll launch successful Ayr raid
Josephine Gordon and Joe Fanning receive Shergar Cup call-up
Richard Hannon calls time on Illuminate racing career
Antiquarium misses Goodwood Cup outing due to injury
Hugo Palmer eyeing German Oaks bid with Architecture
Martyn Meade mulling Aclaim options following Newbury run
Morny set to be next on Tis Marvellous agenda
Classic trio lead 10 contenders for Sussex test
Lonsdale date likely for Trip To Paris
Seven Heavens team bide their time
Convey delivers at Pontefract
Rookie trainer Robbie McNamara has Chadic fired up for Galway
Tis Marvellous surges to Papin glory for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby
Andrew Balding looking towards Solario date with South Seas
Gordon Elliott hoping Clarcam can rise to Galway Plate challenge
Ascot hero My Dream Boat enjoying summer break
Boynton tops 10 runners to take Vintage test at Goodwood
Time Test may have been below his best in York win feels Roger Charlton
Godolphin triple-handed in eight-runner Lennox Stakes at Goodwood
24 July 2016Clem Fandango team to bide their time following Super run
Alexios Komnenos team bide their time on future plans
Roger Charlton confident Fair Eva will handle distance increase
King George hero Highland Reel angling for world domination
Kimberella ghosts home for Dandy Nicholls in York Dash
Librisa Breeze blows hot to earn International honours at Ascot
Time Test fends off Mondialiste to claim York Stakes
Frankel filly Fair Eva dazzles in Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot
Apex King rules at Ascot on 'emotional' day for Eddery family
Lumiere to bypass Goodwood in favour of Deauville test
Prince Of Lir heads dual British raid on Prix Robert Papin
Emma Lavelle on weather watch ahead of Junction Fourteen Galway goal
23 July 2016Muthmir and Marsha headline King George Stakes entry at Goodwood
Ascot woe for Jamie Spencer as Namhroodah demoted in dramatic Valiant Stakes
Olivier Peslier - Really good chance for Dartmouth in King George
Charlie Appleby has Boynton booked for Vintage Stakes duty
Royal Ascot winner Persuasive unlikely to take Nassau chance
Impressive start for Kazimiera at Ascot
Roger Charlton tests Time in York Stakes
Marco Botti thinks Bahamas can shine in Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot
Dean Ivory seeking International honours with Librisa Breeze at Ascot
Frankel filly Fair Eva ready to roll at Ascot