Colin Tizzard banished a 33-day losing run when Mister Quasimodo put his rivals to the sword in the Kempton Park Graduation Chase.
An unwelcome quiet spell came on the back of a prolific November and December, during which time Royal & SunAlliance Chase favourite Joe Lively landed the Feltham.
However, the Dorset trainer came in from out of the cold as Mister Quasimodo, ridden by his son Joe, made virtually all on the 8-1 shot to see off Possol by five lengths.
Odds-on favourite Gwanako never landed a blow for the Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh combination.
Tizzard snr said: “I put the blinkers on at home this week and he looked a different horse – I certainly won’t be leaving them off for a while!
“I’ll have to have a think about where to go next but he’ll certainly be entered in something like the Racing Post Plate at the Festival as two and a half miles is his trip.”
The Queen’s Barbers Shop (5-4 favourite) claimed a bloodless victory for Nicky Henderson and Mick Fitzgerald when hacking up by 17 lengths in the digibet.com Beginners’ Chase.
Market rival Oscar Park was upsides at the head of affairs when unseating his rider at the fifth-last, enabling the Feltham fourth clear to score with the minimum of fuss.
Henderson said: “He has had his three runs now and the Jewson would be the obvious place to go if we are going to go anywhere smart with him, but I’ll have to sit down and talk to Mick about it.”
Henderson’s The Polomoche went off the 10-11 favourite for the TurfTV Novices’ Hurdle but was fighting a losing battle a long way from home and fell at the final flight.
He crashed out a length behind the Richard Phillips-trained King Jack, who collected by seven lengths at odds of 10-1.
Phillips said: “We were interested to see what happened when we tried him on better ground over a trip and he has done it well.
“He is very straightforward and we will try and win another and take it from there.”
Henderson came close to a double for a second time when Overtly Blue was edged out by Philip Hobbs’ Gershwin (16-1) in the digibet Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race.
Having crossed swords with the likes of Five Dream and Palomar, Fredensborg (15-8 favourite) appreciated a drop in class and sluiced up in the digibet Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Kempton.
Owner Sir Robert Ogden’s racing manager, Barry Simpson, said: “The drop in class seemed to help and the form of his last couple of races is working out well.”
Herecomestanley (14-1) finished full of running to collect by two lengths in the digibet Handicap Chase.
There was a close finish to the digibet Novices’ Hurdle with 16-1 shot Munching Mike landing the spoils by a head from Arctic Shadow.