Jan Faltejsek, forever linked in the UK to that grand chaser and hurdle Knockara Beau, landed his fourth Velka Pardubicka with a relatively straight forward success aboard Charme Look.

The well-fancied Rabbit Well refused to race from the start, while the formidable Taxis fence claimed Reaper and Nikas.

However, after those early fireworks, there were perhaps fewer incidents than usual and most of the runners remained in contention with less than a mile to race.

Faltejsek had Charme Look well placed and turning for home only Ange Guardian threw down a challenge, as Templar weakened.

But Charme Look had plenty of stamina and comfortably saw off his rivals, with the jumping out of the way. The nine year old recorded a 10 lengths victory from Ange Guardian, with Zarif back in third, as eleven of the 15 starters completed the course.

Faltejsek previously won the race between 2012 and 2014 aboard the remarkable Orphee Des Blins.