Fair Along has long since graduated from rising star to old favourite and the diminutive veteran picked up his first victory in over two years in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle qualifier.
Capable of Graded level success over both hurdles and fences, Fair Along was returned at an incredible 33-1.
Trainer Philip Hobbs said: "He's an amazing horse. You wouldn't have thought when we bought him as a three-year-old that he'd be here seven years later.
"Every time we talk about retirement he goes and runs well. I suppose the final of this might be something for him - I had him in the Hennessy but he's so small he struggles to jump fences in soft ground."
At the other end of the spectrum Oliver Sherwood's Puffin Billy (11-8 favourite) extended his unbeaten record to three with ease in the Inkerman London "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle.
"It's great to have an exciting horse - I haven't had one since (top 90s hurdler) Large Action," said Sherwood.
"The Tolworth Hurdle must come into the equation and that's the obvious race to go for."