Chris Bealby is dreaming of Aintree after Chac Du Cadran (11-2) galloped his rivals into submission in the North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase at Catterick.
While the seven-year-old would need to continue his sharp progression to get into the big race in April, his performance suggested he may be a horse for the future in similar marathon contests.
Tom Messenger booted his mount into nearly every fence and each time he responded, seeing off Pentiffic and then Night In Milan to come home eight lengths ahead of the staying-on Desperate Dex.
"He's a very underrated jockey, he gave it an amazing ride and kicked him into every fence. He's a lazy horse which is why he's wearing cheekpieces and I've got half a mind to even put blinkers on next time so he's not as hard a ride," Bealby told Racing UK.
"He'd run well over three miles so we took a step in the deep end and thought we'd see what happened if we stepped him right up in trip and he just outstayed them. Where we go next I'm not quite sure, it depends what the handicapper does - he might get into an Eider Chase or something like that.
"I think he'll want a bit of a break now. He had a fairly hard race at Towcester in December and that today. It's a great thrill for a small yard like ours. He deserves it because however lazy he is, he keeps going and responds to you. He out-galloped some quite useful horses today.
"It's only his fourth ever chase, let's not forget that, and he jumped like a seasoned handicapper. I suspect he'll go up 10lb at least but I still think he'll be competitive as the further he goes the better - four miles will be no problem.
"The ultimate dream would be Aintree but we've got to go up another 20-25lb to even get in. That's a pipe dream but that's what racing is all about.
"He's our fifth winner of the season. We've got some nice young horses but it has been a struggle in the recession. I haven't bought a horse for 18 months because I don't have anyone to buy them. Something like this will hopefully raise our profile. For a horse rated 115 to win a 20 grand race is great, so all credit to Catterick."
21 October 2014Dan makes chase debut
Moore waits on Grugy decision
O'Neill outlines That choices
Conn possible for Auction bid
Power team weigh up options
Bangor cancel schooling card
No rushing back for Long Run
Dynaste leads Old Roan contenders
Grands Crus retired
Exciting Berlais heads to Chepstow
Force handed Hong Kong mission
Park favourite for Trophy hunt
Al Kazeem team eye Hong Kong trip
Commemorative bound for Breeders'
Slade eyeing victorious swansong
20 October 2014Chelmsford City handed 58 fixtures
Alderwood to take two-mile test
Dynaste leads Old Roan contenders
Hennessy aim for Clouds
Fiesolana on Breeders' trail
High-class possibilities for Trophy
Chelmsford City handed 57 fixtures
French option for Maarek
Billy back for chasing bow
Judge to bid for Breeders' glory
Pipe mulls Moon target
High hopes for Holywell
Judge in Breeders' frame
Hill stars for Stoute and Moore
Gabriel lifts Garnet for Deegan
New One back with a win
Light career hangs in balance
Stars shines on hurdling debut
King big guns ready to start
Tullius camp consider options
Doyle unlikely to appeal Ascot ban
Mullins prepares formidable team
19 October 2014New One breezes to victory
Lavelle has Becher plan for Lodge
Riches heading on road north
Down Royal plan for Tiger
New makes Kempton return
Panther hunting Canadian prize
Sun takes a shine to Cork
Hobbs upholds Showcase record
Another gold strike for Bronze
Gallant Noble a true Champion
Head turns on Charm in QEII
Madame is Ascot leading lady
Forgotten rules for Weld
Byron is poetry in motion
18 October 2014Forgotten rules for Weld
War misses Breeders' date
Rakti reaps Caulfield reward
Chatez bids for Balmoral crown
Lavelle duo top Cheltenham card
Integral takes on the boys
Noble on Champion mission
Belardo a Dewhurst sparkler
Together stands firm for Ballydoyle
Ivawood felled by plucky Thought
Crowley doubles up on Berkshire
Tendon injury sidelines Tent