Tiger Roll sauntered to a second victory in the Glenfarclas Chase over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham to tee himself up perfectly for back-to-back wins in the Grand National.
Gordon Elliott's diminutive nine-year-old was winning at the Festival for the fourth time, emulating Altior in the process, and while his races may not have been as prestigious, with the Triumph Hurdle and National Hunt Chase also in the bag, it is no less meritorious.
After his victory in the corresponding race 12 months ago, Tiger Roll went to Aintree and won the biggest race of them all and he is now as low as 6-1 favourite to become the first dual National winner since Red Rum.
It stopped what had been up to that point a pretty miserable Festival for Elliott, who had seen four favourites beaten in the first two days with little to cheer about.
But with Keith Donoghue doing the steering there was very little to worry about, as the 5-4 favourite pulled a yawning 22 lengths clear of Josies Orders, with last year's runner-up Urgent De Gregaine third this time.
Donoghue said: "He's definitely a legend in my eyes. Some horse, some performance. He tanked up the whole way and kept going. He he has the heart of a lion."
Elliott said: "Unbelievable. Tiger is something else and it's great for Keith. He got us out of trouble. We're having a rough week. He's class."
Elliott quickly doubled his Festival tally with the last race of the day as 2/1 favourite Envoi Allen claimed the Champion Bumper.
The winner was extending his unbeaten record to five, including a point-to-point, and providing a second success of the meeting for owners Cheveley Park Stud and amateur jockey Jamie Codd.
Having drifted throughout the day in the market due to Elliott enduring a quiet start to the week, the money came pouring in late on following the earlier victory of stablemate Tiger Roll in the cross-country chase.
Eventually sent off the 2-1 favourite, Codd charted a wide path on the £400,000 purchase to avoid any scrimmaging
Edging towards the centre of the track travelling well, he suddenly had a fight on his hands as Barry Geraghty emerged on Willie Mullins' Blue Sari, his main market rival at 7-2.
Envoi Allen stuck on gamely, though, and joined A Plus Tard as a winner for the owners this week, while Codd was also making it two after his victory on Le Breuil in the National Hunt Chase.
Ireland lead Great Britain 8-6 in the Prestbury Cup awarded to the country that trains the most winners over the week.