Stratum provided Willie Mullins along with his second victory at the Emirates Cesarewitch.
Irelands perennial champion National Hunt trainer saddled the first two dwelling with Low Sun becoming the greater of companion Uradel at a thrilling end, in last years renewal of this # 350,000 competition.
Mullins was well represented, with William Buicks mount Great White Shark in the betting and the Frankie Dettori-ridden Buildmeupbuttercup – but it had been the outsider of both Stratum who struck gold in Jason Watsons palms at 25-1.
A year ago, when well-fancied with this race disappointing, that the Tony Bloom-owned six-year-old has failed to fire valuable handicaps on the Flat and over battles since.
He was also a ready winner of a event on his latest Apartment beginning at Killarney, but has been flipped out at Listowel as the 1-4 favorite on his look over challenges.
He was back on-song in this fiercely competitive competition, knuckling down at the closing stages to find the better of 50-1 shot Party Playboy – trained with Willies brother Tony Mullins – by half a period.