Things have been far from straightforward for Goshen since crashing out at the final flight in the Triumph Hurdle last March, but the five-year-old returned to his exciting best with a striking success in the Grade 2. Paddy Power and Betfair cut him to 5-1 (from 16) for the Unibet Champion Hurdle off the back of the 22-length win.
Aidan Coleman never looked happy with Song For Someone – who was conceding 6lb to Goshen – and was asking his mount to try to keep pace with Goshen fully three flights from home. But that should not detract from a taking performance by Goshen, who beat off fellow front-runner Navajo Pass turning for home and had Jamie Moore looking around for non-existent dangers.
Watching on from Ascot, Moore's brother Josh was thrilled to see the stable star roar back to form.
"It’s brilliant for Jamie and Dad because they've tried a lot of things to get him right and they've been quite confident that he was back to himself," said Moore.
"They've put a bad run behind him and got him right and he's shown that he’s back to his level again. There are good solid horses from the trials in this country this year behind him and he’s put them to bed."
Josh Moore was particularly pleased to see Goshen attack his hurdles with relish, a feature of his four-year-old campaign that was lacking on his previous outing over jumps this season in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham, after which a fibrillating heart was diagnosed.
"He had a rough start to the year and he wasn't right in himself and he's put himself right, he's jumped well," added Moore. "He got better as the race went on and that’s the best part of it. He's latching on, latching on and he's finished his race out and gone for the line, which is what he didn’t do at Cheltenham. Hopefully that’s put him back on track."
Coral were also impressed and cut Goshen to 5-1 (from 20) for Champion Hurdle glory. Spokesman David Stevens said: "That was a decisive return to form for Goshen and as a result he's now behind only the two mares, Honeysuckle and Epatante."