Smad Place dazzled under forceful Wayne Hutchinson tactics to win the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Alan King's 7-1 shot jumped beautifully from the outset and was 12 lengths to the good over Theatre Guide (12-1) at the line, with First Lieutenant (20-1) another neck away in third. Fingal Bay (12-1) finished fourth.  

Smad Place was at the head of affairs for a long way but the eight-year-old grey never really came under any semblance of pressure, whereas many of the big guns faltered.

Saphir Du Rheu, the 9-2 favourite and top weight, travelled quite well for a long way but he bad mistake seven fences from home and finished fifth.

Bobs Worth, the 2012 Hennessy winner, never looked entirely happy and came home in sixth place.

"That was brilliant," said Hutchinson.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to bits - he was fab. 

"It's all come together this year. He certainly enjoyed himself and so did I.

"He never missed a beat."

King said: "We hoped for a good run but that's taken my breath away.

"He (Hutchinson) was very brave, but I'm not sure that they were the tactics we discussed.

"We thought he had a great chance last year but I was trying to be very clever and we came here without a run.

"This year we went to Kempton first and he was a different horse.

"He loves to be up there and he deserved to win a big race as he'd been knocking on the door."