Un Temps Pour Tout (40/85 fav) staked a strong claim for a place at Cheltenham with a smooth win in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Ascot.
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David Pipe's charge always travelled well for Tom Scudamore and he was sent to tackle leader Cole Harden before the turn for home.
Stretching clear before two out, he was able to come home at a canter for a bloodless victory.
Pipe said: "He handles that ground well and we thought there would be improvement with the step up in trip - we were right as he's won by a big distance which is nice!
"He'll probably be a bit better going left-handed and it probably wasn't the easiest race for Tom [Scudamore] to ride.
"I think he'll cope with better ground ok."
Winning rider Scudamore said: "He was always very comfortable, and the step up in trip has helped him again.
"There was no disgrace in his last run as they were miles clear of the rest."
The winner was cut to 16/1 (from 33s) for the Neptune Investments Management Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival with Sky Bet.
Spokesman Michael Shinners said: "It was a very impressive performance visually and the step up in trip looked the key.
"The Neptune looks the obvious race and he certainly looks up to a stiffer test of his credentials there."
Warren Greatrex's Cole Harden (11/4) attempted to make all the running but several jumps out to his right meant that he was facing a losing battle, especially against such a talented rival.
A distance third was Alan King's Our Polyanna, whilst Rebecca Curtis' Irish Cavalier was well beaten back in fourth.