The first horse that sparkled this weekend and enhanced his credentials for the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham festival was the Dan Skelton trained Unexpected Party.
The likeable grey started over hurdles this term and using his first two runs over two miles to find his feet, he then stepped up to 2m5f and got off the mark in taking style at Wetherby.
Looking to back that up he went to Cheltenham and was a valiant second behind the smart Gowel Road, who is a much more experienced type over hurdles.
Looking to put things right at Wetherby on Boxing Day, he looked the clear winner jumping the last but unfortunately paddled late on and went down by a length.
Going up through the weights, but still holding bundles of ability, he went to Ascot on Saturday in a competitive handicap hurdle and went on to see off a new recruit for Nicky Henderson by close to four lengths.
The Coral Cup trip looks perfect for him and punters agree seeing him go from 33/1 into 12/1 for the handicap event.