Adam Kirby rode an inspired race from the front on Forest Edge
Hoof It blotted his copybook as the former top-class sprinter had to be withdrawn before his intended start at Kempton.
Last Updated: 19/01/14 8:56pm
Mick Easterby's seven-year-old was poised to go off a hot favourite but proved particularly troublesome beforehand, repeatedly rearing up.
It was no surprise when the starter lost patience and the field went without him.
Adam Kirby rode a smart race once the gates opened, soon getting the David Evans-trained Forest Edge to the front and setting a stop-start pace.
Once quickening to nick an advantage in the straight, the bird had flown and he had a comfortable two and a half lengths in hand of Rummaging and the running-on Ballista at the line.
The 7/1 chance was winning for the 13th time from 47 starts and for the eighth time on the all-weather.
Kirby told Racing UK: "It's all about the jump on this horse - when he's in behind he's a tougher ride
"It would have taken a good one to beat him today and I'm pleased for the horse."
Hoof It's withdrawal led to a hefty Rule 4 deduction of 45p in the pound.
An inquiry was held after the Like Racing Post On Facebook Handicap into the running and riding of the Gary Moore-trained Top Diktat, who finished seventh under apprentice Hector Crouch in a race won by Artistical.
After interviewing both the trainer's representative and the rider, Crouch was handed a 10-day ban having been found by the stewards not to have taken all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing.