Cue Card swept to his ninth Grade One triumph with a tremendous performance in the Betfair Ascot Chase at the Berkshire course.
The Colin Tizzard-trained 11-year-old will now head to the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup after showing he still retains plenty of ability with his second win in the race - four years on from the first.
Course specialist Royal Regatta made the running, but Paddy Brennan never let him out of his sighton Cue Card, who eased into the lead with a brilliant jump at the fourth-last.
Royal Regatta stuck to his guns for a while longer, but Cue Card's class came into play in the straight and the 4-9 favourite drew further and further clear to win by 15 lengths. Shantou Flyer stuck on to claim second place from the tiring Royal Regatta.