Tamaroc Du Mathan displayed a powerful turn to give Paul Nicholls another victory in the pursuit of novice Close Brothers Pendil at Kempton.
Winning the race for an eleventh time, Nicholls now favors a trip to Aintree or Ayr for the six-year-old, who failed to compete with Shishkin the last time around.
Ga Law and Coole Cody set a good level to aim for, with the former having already won the second year and the latter having won the Paddy Power Gold Cup, and the pair led down the straight.
However, Harry Cobden was simply biding his time behind, pulling his mount wide before breaking free to score three and three-quarters length of Ga Law.
“I suspect he’ll go to Aintree for the two and a half mile Novice Pursuit (Manifesto Novices’ Chase) or Ayr the following weekend,” Nicholls said.
“I don’t see him going to Cheltenham. It’s a great race to win on the way to Aintree or Ayr. A flatter track suits him.
“It’s the kind of horse that you might watch the Silviniaco Conti Chase here for over two and a half years next season.”