Ascended to the throne of King of the stayers two years ago when following up an emphatic win in the Cleeve hurdle with an impressive performance in the Stayers’ Hurdle.
He looked to be on to defending his crown with ease last year when a minor heart issue saw him tail off back into seventh.
He was beaten on seasonal reappearance on his first duel with Thyme Hill.
Giving 3lbs away on a more conventional track asked a little too much of Paisley. But off level weights re-opposing at Ascot in the Long Walk, Emma Lavelle’s stable star took his revenge.
Staying on from the back of the last he just collared his rival in the shadows of the post.
Cheltenham suits his racing style and he tends to come flying up the stiff uphill finish.
If filly fit he looks set to have a good chance of regaining his Stayers’ Hurdle crown.