If The Cap Fits confirmed himself a progressive young hurdler with a workmanlike victory in the Grade Two Coral Hurdle (better known as the Ascot Hurdle), that promised more to come.

Six horses contested this two-mile, 3-furlong race.

Rayvin Black was soon in front under Tom Garner and passed the winning post with a commanding advantage over Old Guard, with We Have a Dream next.

The popular campaigner headed into the back straight and appeared to take a breather, as the field closed up to within a couple of lengths, but Rayvin Black stretched his lead out again to maybe four lengths.

Heading to the fourth last, Rayvin Black again pushed on into a 10-length lead, with Garner looking around for rivals after the third last.

Rayvin Black turned for home still 10-lengths clear and took the second last well clear of Old Guard and We Have A Dream.

But the cavalry closed as Rayvin Black took the last, with Old Guard edging on.

However, If the Cap Fits and Noel Fehily made stealthy progress towards the stands side and gradually overhauled Old Guard to win by about a length, with three lengths back to a heroic run from Rayvin Black, with We Have A Dream fourth.

The Harry Fry trained If The Cap Fits, a six year-old, had looked smart last season as a novice, before injury had curtailed his campaign.