Kim Bailey’s charge won his first three starts over fences, bolting up at Kelso and Fakenham in October before completing his hat-trick at Wetherby last month.
He was a clear second behind the highly-regarded Santini on his most recent outing at Newbury and was the 11-8 favourite to get back on the winning trail in this four-runner Grade Two.
Jockey David Bass appeared keen to ensure the three-mile contest was a searching test of stamina, sending Rocky’s Treasure straight to the lead from the off.
Coup De Pinceau – bidding to provide Paul Nicholls with a fourth win in the last six renewals of this race – was his nearest pursuer for much of the way, but Bailey’s charge had seen him off rounding the home turn and the further he went, the further he went clear.
Theclockisticking came through to beat Coup De Pinceau to the runner-up spot, but passed the post some 17 lengths behind the emphatic winner.
Bailey’s assistant Mat Nicholls said: “I’m not sure where we’ll go. He ran well one day right-handed at Hereford and he hung very badly so went the other way ever since.
“Kempton is not an ideal place to go right-handed, so I don’t think we’ll be going there. We could try a big, galloping track.
“I don’t know. Maybe the Towton at Wetherby. That’s left-handed obviously. It was soft ground at Newbury when he was second to Santini and that wasn’t a bad run.
“We’ll discuss Cheltenham. He’s improving and if you finished second to Santini in the RSA, you’d say you’d done well. We’ll see.”