Thomas Campbell (4g Yeats-Hora, by Hernando), an easy maiden hurdle winner at Cheltenham last month, stepped up again to score in a classy event at Ascot on Friday.
The Yeats four-year-old carried a penalty for his Cheltenham win but he was still able to land the introductory hurdle by four lengths under Barry Geraghty.
Toby Lawes, assistant to winning trainer Nicky Henderson, said: “He is a lovely young horse. Barry Geraghty was really impressed with that. He came there and thought that was all he had got, but he gave him a couple of taps and he kept on finding.”
Geraghty believes there could be still more to come from the winner, who was bred by joint owners Richard and Lizzie Kelvin Hughes.