A winner at Carlisle on his seasonal reappearance in October, Looksnowtlikebrian had been raised 4lbs for that effort, but in a stronger race he made light of that extra burden with a very impressive success, bounding clear to win in the style of a very progressive young chaser.

He travelled particularly well through the race under Richard Johnson before coming clear after the last and, now four from six over fences and with his mark likely to climb to the mid to high 130s, he will get into the Welsh National and that is very much the aim, with the possibility of one run beforehand, perhaps in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle at the beginning of December.