Thyestes Chase hero Coko Beach followed in Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Ten Up Novice Chase in Navan.
Three and a half weeks after his lucrative handicap success at Gowran Park, Gordon Elliott’s gray was the 5-4 level 2 favorite in the hands of Jack Kennedy.
It wasn’t entirely straightforward for the market leader, with Espanito Bello appearing to be a major threat halfway down the straight.
However, just when he appeared to have got the better of the argument, Espanito Bello tripped over the landing after jumping the last barrier – giving the initiative back to Coko Beach, who then scored four lengths.
“Jack said he’s best in a big field, with horses around him, where something can take him on,” Elliott said.
“I stood out on the track and I didn’t know if he would have won or not. Jack said he thought he would have done it.
“He said he needed the jump to win it and he got it.”
Coko Beach holds multiple entries at the Cheltenham Festival next month, but Elliott added: “I imagine we’ll keep him at home and maybe he’ll go for the Irish Grand National.”