Kalashnikov was not the only horse to prove unfortunate at Cheltenham last month, only to put it right at Aintree in the last few days - including Ornua from the very same race, who likewise struck in the Maghull on Saturday.
In a week of maiden Grade One successes, it was a first for trainer Amy Murphy, who has had to sit patient with this horse this season.
The six-year-old certainly benefitted from a return to a favourable left-handed track that he completed, getting the better of standout mare of the year La Bague Au Roi, and Mengli Khan who booked third place once more.
Last year's Supreme runner-up appears to have now made it as a chaser after a couple of below-par efforts at Kempton and at Sandown over the winter.
His connections will surely aim him at left-handed tracks next season, and looks a potential Ryanair contender already.