Sizing Europe proved much good for his rivals as he ran away with the Sportingbet Tingle Creek at Sandown.
The Arkle Trophy and Champion Chase hero was coming back to two miles after being narrowly beaten in testing ground over three miles at Down Royal last month and he looked much more comfortable in the hands of Andrew Lynch.
Jumping with the verve that was the highlight of his two notable Cheltenham victories, the 11-8 favourite flew the Railway Fences and he was vying for the lead soon before the turn for home.
Kauto Stone, a half-brother to dual Tingle Creek winner Kauto Star and another coming back in distance, also travelled easily and fenced fluently and was the only one able to stick with Sizing Europe when the pace quickened.
But Henry de Bromhead's stable star got the better of the argument coming towards the second last and produced another couple of exuberant leaps to seal an eight-length triumph.
Page 2: 15:22Wishfull Thinking was also dropping back to two miles after running exuberantly in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and weakening, and it was a very similar display this time.
Richard Johnson once again sent the free-going chestnut into a big lead but while he jumped well for the first half of the race, he was a spent force a long way from the finish.
Lynch said: "They went a good gallop and he got into a nice rhythm. He travelled well and jumped super.
"He's a horse who can run over any trip and he will run his heart out, but two miles is probably his ideal trip.
"He ran on heavy ground at home and it's a lot worse there than here. I wasn't too worried about the ground."