PEDDLERS CROSS is firmly on course for the Stan James Champion Hurdle after extending his unbeaten record to seven in the Victor Chandler Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso.
The six-year-old faced just eight rivals as he sealed his Cheltenham Festival preparations with a bloodless 11-length verdict.
Sent off a 1/6 shot, Peddlers Cross travelled sweetly for Jason Maguire on the heels of the leaders, easing into the lead on the run to the last.
While he idled on the run-in and was given a few reminders by Maguire, Donald McCain's charge had plenty in hand over runner-up Bygones Of Brid.
Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey Sam Thomas gained his first success on the course when Toubeera (40/1) showed a fine turn of foot to run out a eight-length winner of the Mares' National Hunt Flat race.