Grand National fifth Gas Line Boy made light of a drop in trip as he claimed the 188Bet Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree.
Trainer Ian Williams made the bold decision to go for the two-mile-five-furlong event rather than the longer Becher Chase earlier in the day and he was duly rewarded.
The testing conditions played to the strengths of Gas Line Boy but when Arctic Gold fell in front of him, he needed to be nimble to avoid him.
Robbie Dunne always looked to have everything else covered, though, and h e kicked clear after the last, with the 9-2 favourite having enough up his sleeve to hold off Ultragold, winner of the Topham Chase, by four and a half lengths.
Sametegal kept on to finish a further two and a half lengths back in third.
Williams tweeted: "Gas Line Boy confirmed his love of the National fences. He finished a gallant fifth in the Grand National in April and he'll be trained for the big one again.
"All being well, he'll go next in the £100,000 32Red Veterans' Final at Sandown Park on January 6."