Aces Four justified 5-2 favouritism when running out a convincing winner of the John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree.

The Ferdy Murphy-trained winner grabbed the lead just before the final fence down the back straight and continued to pile on the pressure from that point on.

Graham Lee only had to sit tight aboard the eight-year-old, who had eight lengths in hand of runner-up Faasel (6-1) at the line, while Dom D'Orgeval ran well at 16-1 to finish a further half-length away in third.

Peter Bowen's Yes Sir applied the early pace to the race but began to flag when Aces Four strode past him some way from home.

The winner was always travelling strongly in the hands of Lee and the duo turned for home with a decent advantage over their pursuers.

Faasel and Ungaro briefly threatened to land a blow on turning in but neither could live with the strong-travelling Aces Four, who had time to measure the last in front of a packed grandstand.

Faasel made a few mistakes but stuck on to his credit, while Dom D'Orgeval refused to throw in the towel despite coming under pressure some way from home