Drf4vmEWkAAyOk9A maiden under rules, Kovera had won a point in April and, having finished runner-up on his previous start over fences at Southwell last month, he duly went one better with an authoritative display at Sedgefield yesterday under Alan Johns.

The six year old is bred for the job, being a half-brother to a cross-country winner in France and out of a half-sister to the smart Exit To Wave, and it was very pleasing to see him put in such a polished round of jumping in front which, despite the large winning margin of 18 lengths, was certainly a very big part of his success.

Providing the handicapper doesn’t overreact to the margin of victory, he should have an excellent chance next time and hopefully he can continue to progress for his owners Oceans Racing.