Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty got off the mark at Newbury's Winter Festival when Lyvius took the Sportingbet Intermediate Hurdle.
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The four-year-old could be called the winner of what is better known as the Gerry Feilden Hurdle for much of the home straight and he was clear of his rivals when landing flat-footed at the last.
Edgardo Sol (7/2) finished with a rattle for second but could never land a telling blow to the 7/2 winner who went on to score by two lengths.
Favourite Vendor took a keen hold through the early stages and trailed home in last.
Henderson said: "That was a nice performance and he was at the right end of the handicap. He was just a baby last season and when we looked at his form in Germany we came up with the idea that he liked soft ground."
Henderson did not dismiss the possibility of aiming towards The Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot, and added: "Barry thought he would be better in a race with good pace."