Cue Card claimed Grade One honours for the second time in his career after a mistake at the penultimate fence cost Captain Chris any chance in the Betfair Ascot Chase.
Colin Tizzard's Cue Card was reckless himself on occasions, surviving a couple of errors in the course of the extended two miles and five furlongs, but his boundless enthusiasm and the cruising speed which won him a Cheltenham Champion Bumper enabled him to stay in the hunt.
King George runner-up Captain Chris had drawn alongside by the home straight, but lost valuable ground when taking off too early at the second-last fence and the 15-8 favourite was able to finish six lengths clear.
Tizzard's son Joe, Cue Card's jockey, believed he had matters in hand and the pair can head to the Cheltenham Festival full of confidence - where the trainer hinted he would be likely to contest the Ryanair Chase unless red-hot favourite Sprinter Sacre failed to appear in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
"Joe thought he had two or three more gears, maybe that's just him talking," said Colin Tizzard about circumstances at the second-last.
"He's a very good horse. He ran well in the King George (fifth), but I wasn't sure he was quite himself that day, even though I couldn't find anything wrong.
"I expect we'll leave a decision (about Cheltenham) nearer the time. If Sprinter Sacre wasn't in the Queen Mother, that would be very tempting, but if Sprinter Sacre's there on his A-game, I'd imagine we'll go the other way."
Richard Johnson said of Captain Chris: "I think it would have been very close. I don't know what Joe was thinking, but I thought we were going as well as him.
"He can be too brave sometimes, but he has still run well. Hopefully we'll get better ground at Cheltenham and I'd like to ride him in the Gold Cup."
5 September 2015Kasseopia enters reckoning for Champagne Stakes at Doncaster after Kempton win
Irish Champion-bound Golden Horn sparkles in Newmarket gallop
Leading St Leger fancy Mr Singh ruled out of Doncaster Classic
Sheikh Hamdan targets Sprint Cup glory at Haydock with Adaay and Waady
Simple Verse not out of St Leger equation at Doncaster despite Park Hill entry
Sir Mark Prescott seeking Old Borough Cup with Killarney winner High Secret
Richard Hannon hoping Ivawood proves Superior at Haydock
King Of Rooks targets Sirenia success at Kempton for Richard Hannon
William Buick 'privileged' to be part of Jack Hobbs' Arc preparation
Charlie Hills' Magical Memory ready for Haydock Sprint Cup test
4 September 2015Winner for Brian Ellison as curtain comes down on Flat turf racing at Newcastle
Richard Hughes set for first runner as a trainer at Epsom next week
Charming Thought return put on hold by Charlie Apppleby
Appleby watches Haydock weather ahead of Danzeno's Sprint test
Johnny Murtagh eager for Doncaster Legends challenge
Curragh and Ascot options for James Fanshawe's Speedy Boarding
Irish St Leger and Enterprise options for Panama Hat
Royal Ascot winner Richard Pankhurst strikes on Haydock comeback
1000 Guineas runner-up Lucida retired after suffering injury
Graham Bradley withdraws application for training licence
La Rioja produces vintage performance in Dick Poole at Salisbury
American Pharoah set to race on in Breeders' Cup Classic
Weather conditions crucial to Leopardstown or Longchamp for Arabian Queen
Ventura Storm sets up Longchamp trip with Salisbury win
Veteran trainer Clive Brittain on retirement: The time is right
John Gosden 'looking forward' to running Golden Horn in Irish Champion
3 September 2015Curragh outing among races under consideration for top-class mare Ribbons
Saeed bin Suroor to take steady steps with Wadi Al Hattawi
Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs to face six in Kempton heat
Henry Candy errs on the side of caution with Limato
Wayne Lordan retains faith in Gordon Lord Byron ahead of Haydock Sprint Cup
Nigel Twiston-Davies eyes up Cesarewitch bid for Sands Of Fortune
Promising Rosina to be give Flying Childers entry by Ann Duffield
John Oxx retires My Titania
James Fanshawe delighted with winning start for well-bred Fly at Lingfield
Willie McCreery open-minded on Devonshire plans
Brendan Powell: Dark Emerald sparkling for Haydock clash
Buratino and Washington DC star in Newbury's Mill Reef Stakes entries
Newmarket's Joel Stakes an option for Clive Cox's Kodi Bear
Candy hopeful that La Rioja will handle soft Salisbury ground
De Sousa takes Haydock Sprint ride on Magical Memory
Stoute's Cannock Chase likely to step up in distance
2 September 2015Sabrina Harty watching ground for Doncaster raiding party
Vengeur Masque facing crucial St Leger workout
James Toller admits 'relief' at training retirement decision
ARC planning new stand for Bath racecourse
Simon Dow savours Epsom 'fairytale' with El Campeon
Olly Stevens rocked by Extortionist death
Gleneagles given Breeders' Cup Classic aim by Aidan O'Brien
Dandy Nicholls has Haydock in mind for Sovereign Debt
Beautiful Romance flies Godolphin flag on Champions Day
Jane Chapple-Hyam facing Cesarewitch dilemma with Twisler
Sam Waley-Cohen reveals Long Run hunter chase plan
Barande-Barbe eyes Champion at Leopardstown with Cirrus
Dettori likely for Danzeno Haydock ride