For Non Stop could not have won the Betfred Monets Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree with any more authority.

The Nick Williams-trained seven-year-old oozed class from the outset on his first start for 226 days.

A Grade One winner as a novice in February, the 4-1 joint-favourite jumped swiftly and accurately for Noel Fehily en route to a 23-length romp in the Grade Two limited handicap over two and a half miles.

Wishfull Thinking stayed on for second, while Stagecoach Pearl was third.

It was a particularly sweet result for Fehily, who has only just returned to action after suffering a broken leg in the John Smith's Grand National in April.

He said: "I've been back riding two weeks today. It does take time to return to your peak, but I feel good.

"It's hard to believe that the last time I came here I left in an ambulance.

"This horse did it really well and has probably improved."

Williams said: "Each year he seems get better and I think the course and the strong pace suited him.

"The Paddy Power Gold Cup closes on Tuesday and is an option, we'll have to have look at it."