Bouggler (22/1) provided a shock in the totepool Home of King Size Pools Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.
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Emma Lavelle's eight-year-old had looked a smart prospect in his earlier days but having struggled to live up to that promise, he made no mistake in the feature event on the card.
Always handy, he was asked to go by Aidan Coleman with three fences to take, and he negotiated the final obstacles with the minimum of fuss.
Rob Conti gave James Best a terrific ride to hold on for second as Kian's Delight ran on gamely under Donal Devereux for third.
Bouggler had spent 20 months on the sidelines after running at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival and Lavelle was delighted to see him return to the winner's enclosure.
She said: "I'm so pleased with him. He's been a great servant to us and missed a lot of time through injury and then the horses just weren't quite right last year and things didn't go his way.
"He's been working as well as ever going into this race and he travelled so well and did everything right.
"We will have to see what the handicapper does. I think he prefers flatter tracks and goodish ground but with a horse like this, I want to get him home and make sure he's all right before we start thinking about plans."