Chris Pea Green stunned even his trainer Gary Moore as he entitled himself to a shot at bigger targets with a decisive victory in the 32Red Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon.
This race for the Chatteris Fen Trophy generally throws up also-rans for the Triumph Hurdle, and the seven-length margin accumulated by a gelding who has now won three times from four starts means Cheltenham will not be an unreasonable proposition.
Moore's son Josh hugged the inside rail of the Cambridgeshire track and found a willing response from the 12-1 chance over the final couple of flights as he left 5-2 favourite Zamdy Man toiling for the runner-up spot.
"He won a bumper here that I thought was a donkey race, then I should never have run him on the all-weather," said the trainer.
"I was amazed how easily he won at Lingfield last time, but I thought the race was no good.
"I was worried about his jumping on better ground here, but he has gone and made the biggest idiot ever out of me."
Asked about the Triumph, Moore said: "He's entered and the owners would love to go. Personally, I'd rather go to Liverpool."