It was the first victory in three months for Henry Daly, with Andrew Tinkler's mount Rockiteer having a heavy battle to win at Market Rasen, after a long and combative challenge over the final four fences with Yellow Flag, ridden by Tony McCoy.
The lead changed between he pair of horses a few times during the closing stages, but it was Rockiteer who got over the line in front by a length and a half to Yellow Flag, with Nudge And Nurdle two lengths back again in third place.
Daly, who has had few starters since his last win, says that the use of cheek-pieces gave assistance to the seven-year-old.
"Probably the addition of cheek-pieces was the crucial factor. He jumped much sweeter than he has the last couple of times, so basically I was very happy with that," said the trainer.
Alan Swinbank's Sir Frank, guided by Brian Hughes, made it four wins from his previous five races with a cool victory by two and three-quarter lengths from Society Venue, in the Waterloo Housing Group Novices' Hurdle.
"Sir Frank's a star and I think he's going to be a superstar as well," said Swinbank.
"He's done it very nicely and we'll see what the handicapper does to him. His future lies over fences and he could go novice chasing next time if the handicapper is too harsh with him.
"He's for sale if anybody wants him. We'll listen to a bid."