Haydock specialist Bristol De Mai gained the Betfair Chase for the third time in 4 years as defending champion and 7-Four favorite Lostintranslation struggled into third.
The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained horse, ridden by Daryl Jacob, gained at 9-Four to hitch Kauto Star and Cue Card as a three-time winner of the Grade 1 race.
The nine-year-old, distinguished from the off, gained by two lengths.
Two-time King George VI Chase victor Clan Des Obeaux was second.
“He’s a wonderful horse, he really is. This win is very special,” Jacob advised ITV. “You need horses like this to bring out the good days.
“I by no means write him off – he is carried out wonders for my profession.”
Lostintranslation was fancied to repeat his success of 12 months ago when he beat Bristol De Mai by one and a half lengths, before going on to finish third in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
But he never looked in contention on the Merseyside track this time around, moving into third ahead of Bellshill after halfway but never reeling in the two frontrunners.
Victory is Twiston-Davies’ fourth in the Betfair Chase, having first won with Imperial Commander in 2010.