Esprit De Somoza put himself in contention for the JCB Triumph Hurdle after storming to a surprise success in the Smarkets Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon.
Having been held up early on, the Nick Williams-trained four-year-old came with a powerful run under Lizzie Kelly to take command over the last before claiming a five-length success, which earned a 25-1 quote for Cheltenham with Paddy Power.
Kelly said: "We went in there a little unconsidered, but I thought he was a really nice horse as the form of his Sandown race was pretty good as the winner (Sussex Ranger) has come out and finished second in a Grade One."
"It (Triumph Hurdle) is certainly in the notebook, he's a lovely horse."
Nicky Henderson will be married in Scotland on Saturday and received the perfect early wedding gift in saddling a treble at the Cambridgeshire track, highlighted by an impressive 10-length win for Terrefort (6-4) on his British debut in the Smarkets Chase.
Anthony Bromley, racing manager to owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, said: "He is a nice prospect and has not been over all that long. His schooling has got better and better.
"Daryl (Jacob) was very happy with schooling him on Thursday and was excited about riding him. He may go to the Reynoldstown now."
The Vocalist (2-1) hit all the right notes to complete Henderson's treble when going one better than last time out with a four-and-a-half-length victory in the Smarkets Mares' Maiden Hurdle.
Bromley, who also represents the successful Million In Mind Partnership, said: "She has come on nicely from her run at Fontwell. Her jumping warmed up as the race went on, although she gave us a bit of a fright when she stepped at the last.
"A nice target to go for would be the Grade Two mares' novice at Newbury in March."
Turtle Wars got the ball rolling for Henderson with a length-and-a-quarter victory in the Smarkets EBF "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle.
Longsdon said of the 7-1 winner: "That is the first winner of the new year, we've had six or seven seconds and a few thirds.
"From the first fence at Leicester we knew he was beaten. Paul O’Brien's very good value for his 5lb claim and that makes a big difference."