Peddlers Cross had to work a little harder than expected in landing odds of 1-5 in the Howies Restaurants Edinburgh Hurdle at Musselburgh.
Donald McCain's 2011 Champion Hurdle runner-up tracked his stablemate Ubaltique into the straight before hitting the front at the third-last. However, he failed to put the race to bed immediately and Orsippus and latterly Cue To Cue both sensed their chance at the final flight.
Jason Maguire picked his stick up after the last and Peddlers Cross did quicken clear to eventually pass the line hard held in winning by a length and three-quarters from Cue To Cue.
Speaking on Racing UK, McCain said: "My first thought was that he could have been a little more impressive, but when I spoke to Jason he was full of him and he's the man that matters.
"He was happy with everything that we were worried about and he said his jumping was exceptional and he can't understand why we ever tried him over fences.
"He was a bit keen and didn't want to set sail from the top of the straight so he coasted away in front but he has always been switched off in front, he just had to give him a couple of belts to go away. When he won the Neptune he was lazy in front and he's always been that way and he was ridden to get further today.
"Jason said he felt more like a World Hurdle horse today than he ever has. I think the World Hurdle has to be his target but I'll have another talk with Tim (Leslie, owner) on the way home.
"You don't see the best of these horses until they are going championship pace when they settle better.
"Make no mistake Peddlers Cross hasn't changed, his work is still exceptional."
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