Felix de Giles produced Prophete De Guye with clockwork precision to deny 11-4 favourite Laharna in the Bet UEFA Cup - Betdaq Conditionals' Handicap Chase at Southwell.
Those who had backed the market leader could be forgiven for counting their money over the last, but De Giles stoked up the 13-2 winner and brought him with a well-timed run to claim a head success.
Winning trainer James Evans said: "It was a gamble running over two miles as he wants a trip and does everything like a stayer - including his jumping.
"He is just coming to himself and is progressing nicely.
"Stamina will be his game and we'll keep him busy over the next couple of months."
Best Actor accurately read the script to record a smooth success in the Betdaq On 0870 178 1221 Novices' Chase.
The Carl Llewellyn-trained 10-year-old had been off the track since November, but showed his more-experienced rivals a clean pair of heels with a front-running display.
Paddy Brennan soon had the 20-1 chance leading the field and, having stolen a march turning into the home straight, extended the margin over runner-up West End Rocker by 18 lengths at the line.
Llewellyn said: "He was impressive when winning over hurdles at Fontwell a couple of years ago, but has always looked a chasing type.
"His record shows he can't take a lot of racing so we'll have to go carefully with him and he won't be out again too quick."
The Alan King team, who were responsible for runner-up West End Rocker in the previous race, went one place better with Valleyofthedolls in the betdaq.co.uk Mares' Novices' Hurdle.
Robert Thornton enjoyed a dream passage on the inner aboard the 5-4 favourite, who had to dig deep on the run-in to hold off the persistent challenge of Carolina Lady by a length and a half.
King's assistant Noel Williams said: "That is an ideal way for a bumper-winning mare to start off over hurdles.
"Choc (Thornton) said she was very straightforward to ride and was just doing enough in front."