He completed the last two and a half miles a full second faster than smart older horses ran that distance in a truly-run renewal of the Grade 1 Melling Chase on the same card.

Holywell isn’t that big for a chaser and really had to reach for some of the jumps. However, he got over them at speed one way or another and just kept on running in a fast run race to power away in the closing stages and score by 10 lengths.