Above The Rest lived up to his name as he stormed clear of his rivals in the closing stages to take Group Three honours in the Betfred TV Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle.
The David Barron-trained gelding was beaten at this level last term, but he did win the Bunbury Cup in 2017 and returned to form at York two weeks ago.
Above The Rest (12-1) did not look out of place as he stamped his authority on proceedings, after Classical Times had taken the field along. Not far off the pace, he found plenty when asked for his effort by Ben Curtis.
Above The Rest went on to score by a length and a half from Yafta, with Classical Times another half a length away third.
“He was down a furlong (in trip) from the last day, but he jumped and travelled brilliant,” said Curtis.
“He came into the race a furlong and half out. When I asked him at the furlong pole, he put it to bed fairly easily.
“He obviously got confidence from his last win and is thriving on it.
“I got a lead but at the same time I didn’t have a lot of ground to make up. It was ideal for me. He came to the furlong pole on the bridle and made my job very easy.
“The boss had him in A1 condition.”