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Wishfull Thinking outstayed his rivals in the Grade 2 Betfair Super Saturday Chase at Newbury.
Philip Hobbs' ten-year-old has had his critics in the past but he was on his best behaviour as Richard Johnson delivered him fast and late to land the spoils.
Six lined up for the prize and none could be discounted as they entered the home turn.
French Opera looked likely to follow up his 2010 success in the race under a confident from Barry Geraghty, but having seen off the Paul Nicholls pair of Shooters Wood and Edgardo Sol, he has readily overhauled by the winner.
The gelding holds a number of possible engagements at the Cheltenham Festival and Sky Bet clipped Wishfull Thinking into 20/1 (from 25/1) for Ryanair Chase.