Tony McCoy broke his duck for the meeting with a cheeky success on At Fishers Cross in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.
The 17-times champion jockey toyed with African Gold on the long run to the final flight and pressed on after getting a great leap out of the Rebecca Curtis-trained gelding.
The 11-8 favourite pulled clear up the hill to score by four and a half lengths from African Gold (9-2) with Inish Island (13-2) just a nose back in third.
O'Faolains Boy, stablemate of At Fishers Cross, set a steady pace after no-one wanted to go on when the tapes went up.
The field soon sorted itself out, however, with Utopie Des Borders close up and At Fishers Cross not too far behind.
There was drama at the hurdle in front of the stands at the end of the first circuit when I Shot the Sheriff fell and brought down Our Vinnie.
O'Faolains Boy still had sway after the second-last but At Fishers Cross was breathing down his neck with African Gold going well under Sam Twiston-Davies.
Once McCoy let down At Fishers Cross the race was as good as ever with the rain having come in time to help him complete a five-timer this season.