Coko Beach for Gordon Elliott was a smart hurdler last year, that this season has been sent over fences and on Thursday confirmed his talent over the bigger obstacles.
After showing signs that he could be a smart individual over fences on his runs this season, having chased home Envoi Allen and other smart chaser Forza Milan.
However, he propelled his form to a new level on Thursday at Gowran Park when landing the prestigious 18 runner Thyestes Handicap over 3m1f.
The further he went the better his jumping became and having travelled strongly throughout he went on to take the event by four lengths, going away in the final stages.
Although a novice, he performed in a manner that showed maturity over fences and with that in mind Elliott has nominated the NH Chase at the festival as his target.
After the race he was shortened into 14/1 from 33/1 for the race on the Tuesday at Prestbury Park and if improving for that performance has to be a live player.