When Dash Of Blue returned from a 634-day break to win the 2m 412f handicap chase, he displayed no signs of being out of shape.
The seven-year-old, who was ridden by Jack Quinlan, had a smooth first attempt over the fences and, after pulling up next to the front runners two out, picked up easily to win by three and a quarter lengths.
“The way he jumped didn’t come as a surprise to me,” said trainer Ben Case. “He’s been schooling with my son and has been very good. I wasn’t too worried about the jumping, it was just a matter of fitness today and he was a bit fitter than I thought he was.
“We’re just delighted. When you have a horse who has had that amount of time off you just want them to be fit and healthy, and produce what you know they can do. We’ll just have to see how he comes out of the race and go from there.”
The trainer who had purchased Tiger Roll for £10,000 in 2013 also let loose I Have A Voice on the day that he was paraded in front of a cheering crowd at Cheltenham.
On his third attempt over hurdles, the three-year-old, who was trained by Jim Bolger and raced on the Flat in Ireland, jumped majestically under David Noonan to defeat Balgowan by 28 lengths.