Trainer Tom George is anticipating a great future for his charge Nacarat after his impressive performance in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.
The nine year old has not visited the winners' enclosure since his victory in the 2009 Racing Post Chase, with his subsequent outings falling short of showing winning form.
This season however, George is hoping the grey could hit his straps with the introduction of a different training strategy that has eliminated the numerous past shoulder ailments.
With jockey Sam Thomas aboard, Nacarat tracked the leader Ollie Magern early on in the proceedings and when the veteran began to tire, took the lead staying on well in spite of a mistake three out, to record a comfortable four length victory from runner up The Other One, with Deep Purple a further two and a half lengths in arrears in third place.
A likely battle with rival Kauto Star now looks to be in his future in the Boxing Day event, the King George VI Chase at Kempton, where he placed fourth in the event last year.
"We've had a much easier preparation with him this year and I'm delighted the hard work everyone has put in has done the trick," said George.
"He has worked just like a normal horse in the past but now he's working like a good horse and I hope there is a lot more to come, as he will improve for this.
"In the past we have actually had to take him to the gallops in the horsebox as he couldn't even trot, but he is much better now.
"The ground has helped him and we'll have to decide where we run him next, but the King George has to be high on his list of targets.
"We'll obviously have to improve to get the better of Kauto, but without him I think we'd have been a good winner of the race last year.
"We'll see how he is before we decide if he runs again before then."
Thomas commented, "He travelled like a dream and jumped fantastic.
"We knew he had a good chance, but he has surprised me a bit with the way he's done it. You have to be impressed."