Guard Your Dreams won its biggest award to date when it won the Unibet International Hurdle in Cheltenham.
The five-year-old, coached by Nigel Twiston-Davies, fought bravely up the hill to clinch the grade two race in a driving final.
Olly Murphy’s veteran Hunters Call seemed to have the race safe as he traveled smoothly in contention for the reins.
He jumped the last one up front, but Guard Your Dreams still had to be required for some serious endeavor and shifted into top gear on the run to the line.
After shaking off that danger, Guard Your Dreams (5-1) scrambled for Sam Twiston-Davies to keep last year’s Song For Someone winner at bay by half-length.
The winner was presented at 33-1 for Unibet Champion Hurdle with Paddy Power and Betfair.
Twiston-Davies said: “We have won this a few times with The New One and Ballyandy has been narrowly beaten once or twice, giving weight to good horsepower. It is very enjoyable to be back here.
“Today we had two seconds in the rookie pursuits and we would have been happy with a second here. According to the handicapper we couldn’t win, but we did.
“He’s just a nice young horse that is improving. He held out and galloped to the line.
“We will definitely have a look at the Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock. I am thinking of the Champion Hurdle: the Irish have a say, but we will think about it.”