With a total prize fund of just over £31,000 up for grabs, the one-mile contest was the main attraction on one of the biggest days of the year at the Cumbrian circuit.
The bells themselves are reputed to be the oldest sporting trophy in the world, having first been presented in 1599 when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne.
The Roger Fell-trained Rousayan was a 14-1 shot for the latest renewal and after taking over the lead from top-weight Star Of Southwold racing inside the final furlong, he kicked clear to score by two and a quarter lengths.
Fell said: “They set it up for him a bit as they went quick in front, but it’s a nice prize to win.
“I’ve not really got anything in mind for him.”
He told Racing TV: “Mr Fell told me beforehand that on his day he’s the best horse in the race and he proved that was right today.”
David Easterby, assistant to his father, said: “If you’ve got a horse that’s improving at this time of year and you think they’re going to get the trip, you get double the prize-money in this race than you do in any other class four.”
A field of 11 runners went to post for the seven-furlong Listed contest and much of the pre-race attention focussed on the Ger Lyons-trained Irish challenger Viadera, who was the 15-8 favourite to follow up her win in a valuable Curragh handicap last month.
The Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old hit the front halfway up the home straight, but was first passed by her fellow Irish raider in Joseph O'Brien’s Cava before Tapisserie flew home widest of all to get up and score in the hands of Paul Hanagan.
Ben Haslam’s Auckland Lodge (15-2) upset 1-5 favourite Asmund in the Book Your Christmas Party At Carlisle Racecourse Maiden Auction Stakes, while Keep Busy was a 100-30 winner of the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes for John Quinn.