The Philip Hobbs trained Fair Along has picked up back to back victories in the John Smith's Hurdle at Wetherby.
Jockey Rhys Flint was aboard Hobbs' charge going with the leader and seeing the lead change back and forth, but a good jump at the last saw him steady and stay on well to cross the line a length an a quarter the better of Kayf Aramis, with Tidal Bay a distant eight lengths further behind in third place.
"I've been waiting all summer to ride this horse today. He has a bit of a quirk but he tries his little heart out and you can't ask for more than that," said winning jockey Flint.
"He only gets as high as he needs to over his hurdles but I was confident enough turning in as I knew he'd be a hard horse to pass.
"He's one of the best jumpers I've ridden over hurdles and he's the horse that really got my career going.
"It's quite emotional really and I can't thank the owner or the boss enough for letting me ride a horse like this."