For Not Stop clears a fence in a blizzard of birch as he heads to victoryPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
For Non Stop impresses in Old Roan romp
Report: Aintree, Saturday
Betfred Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase (Limited Handicap) Grade 2, 2m4f, 4yo+
FOR NON STOP ran away with the Old Roan Chase to leave trainer Nick Williams considering a crack at next month's Paddy Power Gold Cup.
The 4-1 joint-favourite left his rivals standing from two out and, once over the last, Noel Fehily was able to ease right down for an emphatic 23-length victory.
Wishfull Thinking made late progress to finish second at 9-1 with Stagecoach Pearl, who raced up with the pace for a long way, a game third at 16-1.
For Non Stop looked a smart prospect as he left more experienced rivals toiling in his wake and Williams said: "That was a good performance. He's carried on from last season, he seems to improve each season. Entries close on Tuesday for the Paddy Power and we'll consider it."
This was only For Non Stop's sixth run over fences but he has not been out of the first three since falling on his chase debut. He won the Grade 1 Scilly Isles Novices' Chase in February and was third behind Sir Des Champs in the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
Fehily, who broke his leg in a fall in the Grand National in April, said: "Last time I left here in an ambulance, I'm in rather better shape this time. That was brilliant. He was going well the whole way."
Having sat off the fast pace set by Mad Max and then Stagecoach Pearl, Fehily took closer order down the back straight and was challenging Stagecoach Pearl for the lead at the cross fence four out.
By the second-last For Non Stop had taken command and it was clear he was going to win easily as long as he stayed on his feet.
Wishfull Thinking, another who had raced off the pace, stayed on to be best of the rest with Stagecoach Pearl nine lengths further behind.