Charli Parcs ran out a most impressive winner of the 32Red Casino Introductory Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton Park.
Trainer Nicky Henderson had left the course empty handed on Boxing Day, with Might Bite’s last-fence fall with victory in sight rubbing salt into the wounds.
But the JP McManus-owned Charli Parcs, who cost a king’s ransom before arriving from France, looks something special judging on the way he toyed with his rivals under Noel Fehily.
He had the others stone cold turning for home and was spot-on over the last two flights to score by eight lengths from Master Blueyes with head in chest.
“It was a disappointing start to the week, but I love this horse,” said Henderson.
“JP has a stack of juveniles so I can’t be sure where we’ll go. But he’s got a lot to learn and will want a couple more runs ahead of the Triumph.
“He’s got plenty of speed, and Musselburgh is a place I wouldn’t rule out.”