EDWARDSTONE (159) was yet again the model professional at Warwick last Saturday as he added the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase to his array of polished performances over fences.

The manner with which the eight-year-old attacked the fences down the back straight was a joy to watch as he turned a deficit of three lengths on For Pleasure, who led at the time, into a two-length lead turning for home.

The clock supports the speed at which Alan King’s gelding was jumping as he completed the sectional from the first in the back straight to the second last 1.2secs faster than Wishing And Hoping (140) who led the handicap chase field.

This gains extra credibility when considering the Kingmaker field were already 3.2secs ahead on the final circuit comparison.

Celebre D’Allen (141+) overhauled Wishing And Hoping in the dying strides of the handicap to hint at the potential he possesses as he completed the closing sectional from the first fence in the back straight in 87.2secs, compared to Edwardstone’s 87.1secs.

However, the new Arkle favourite would still have been firmly in control in a reduced race from the second fence on the final circuit crossing the line in 2m 42.8secs, 4.3secs in advance of the Allan Stennett-owned 10-year-old.