Trainer Colin Tizzard reports his stable star to have taken in his stride his exertions on Merseyside where he was a clear-cut winner of a top-quality renewal of the Grade One contest to expel all doubts about him staying three miles.
Last season’s Ryanair Chase hero will run next in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton on St Stephen’s Day, for which he is now ante-post favourite, while he also staked a big claim for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
“He’s come out of the race brilliant. We cantered him yesterday and again today,” said Tizzard.
“He’s actually fine and has come out of it really well. He is a happy horse.”