Silviniaco Conti completed a big race double for Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh in Wetherby's bet365 Charlie Hall Chase.
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The six year old had been well supported for the Grade Two contest since the betting opened and gave his backers no anxious moments in winning by 11 lengths.
The six strong field were closely grouped as they started on the turn for home with four fences to jump but Midnight Chase was already under the pump and Master Of The Hall had clattered an obstacle on the far side.
None were travelling better than Wayward Prince and Silviniaco Conti and that pair quickly pulled clear in the straight with a mistake at the second last by the former leaving little doubt about the result.
Walsh's mount was springheeled at the last and the son of the late French sire Dom Alco wasn't extended on his first start in open company.
His novice season had met with a mid-season blow when he could only finish second to Grands Crus in the Feltham but had ended on a high-note with a facile victory in a Grade Two Chase at Aintree and the new term has begun in similar vein.
"He jumped well and travelled well, he felt a bit stronger than last year," said Walsh.
"We've always liked him but he kept surprising us last year.
"He got beat by Cue Card first up, bolted up at Wincanton and then there was no disgrace being beaten by Grands Crus in the Feltham.
"He then ran a shocker at Ascot, but our horses were running poorly at the time and he didn't have to be at his best to win at Aintree.
"He's got a huge future and is a lovely jumper, at every fence I was making ground.
"I like him. He's got the potential to make it at the next level but I'm not saying he's there yet.
"He's got plenty of options but if the Gold Cup this year is between the likes of Grands Crus and Bobs Worth, you don't know what level you'll need to be."
Sky Bet have cut the exciting grey to 7-1 from 12s for the King George VI Chase at Kempton and have gone 14-1 from 25s for the Cheltenham Gold Cup.