Peddlers Cross registered his first win since November 2011 in the Howies Restaurants Edinburgh Hurdle at Musselburgh on Wednesday.
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Sent off the 1/5 favourite, Donald McCain's horse had over 30lb in hand of his rivals on official ratings but was made to work pretty hard for his win in the closing stages.
Keith Reveley's Cue To Cue was ridden a long way out but responded well to pressure and was only beaten one-and-three-quarter lengths at the line.
It wasn't a commanding performance from Peddlers Cross by any means, but at least he responded to Jason Maguire's urgings late on when he soon realised his mount wouldn't be winning the race on the bridle.
Peddlers Cross holds entries in the Champion Hurdle and World Hurdle but McCain confirmed that the Ladbrokes-sponsored World Hurdle is the most likely destination for the winner.
Speaking on Racing UK, he 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."
Sky Bet left Peddlers Cross unchanged at 12/1 for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle.