Simonsig blitzed the opposition in a dramatic renewal of the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Nicky Henderson-trained 2-1 favourite triumphed in the hands of Barry Geraghty, but his task was eased a little as Cotton Mill, who was sitting in second, refused and unseated at the second-last obstacle.
That left Simonsig clear and he cruised to a seven-length victory over Felix Yonger, with Monksland another 11 lengths away in third, to give his handler his 41st success at the meeting, making him the leading Cheltenham Festival trainer of all time.
Geraghty said: "He's a serious horse. I was hoping it was going to be as it was. He's a class act, but he's more of a chaser in the making."
Of the record, Henderson said: "It's lovely, but you feel a bit overawed as you're talking about the legendary Fulke Walwyn (former leading Festival trainer). We have been very lucky over the years and I have some lovely horses like this one. It's all about teams and people and I'm just grateful to all of them."
The master of Seven Barrows is looking forward to seeing his charge jump a fence in time, although he does not expect him to be tackling three miles.
He continued: "He's got so much natural talent you could easily run him over two miles. Barry was just keen to run here as he thought it might give him more chance to get his jumping together. He was still a bit untidy, but he'll learn and he's going to go and jump fences.
"I think we might find the bigger the obstacle, the better he'll jump. I don't know if he'd want three miles as he is very quick. I see no point in going any further than you have to and he could easily come back to two miles."
Willie Mullins was delighted with the effort of runner-up Felix Yonger and said: "He ran well. He's improved with every run so we are looking forward to him next season. Hopefully we will find him something at Punchestown then go novice chasing and if he keeps improving, I'll be delighted."
Denis O'Regan said of his unfortunate departure from Cotton Mill: "He travelled well enough, but as I approached the second-last he veered towards the left, ducked back out, and then ducked back in. Going as that speed, I wasn't able to stay on board." Trainer John Ferguson reported Cotton Mill had escaped unscathed.