The Tom George-trained Clondaw Castle was rewarded for a string of consistent performances during the campaign with Grade 3 victory at Kempton in February.
The 9-year-old started his campaign with a solid second in the Old Roan at Aintree before victory at Newbury.
He picked up the bronze medal in the rescheduled Peterborough Chase at Cheltenham and followed that up with a second over course-and-distance, but got his moment in the sun for connections when seeing off a strong-field under Johnny Burke.WATCH: CLONDAW CASTLE TAKES THE GRADE 3 CLOSE BROTHERS HANDICAP CHASE AT KEMPTON IN FEBRUARY 2021 [CREDIT: RACING TV]
His handler told Racing TV in the aftermath: “As a young horse he [Clondaw Castle] was always very keen and it was a question of restraining him. He has matured a lot. He was fourth in an Arkle, he won his bumper, novice hurdle.
“His owners have been incredibly patient as they have let me just tip along slowly, slowly and I’ve always said to them at the end of the day he is going to need three miles.
“They’ve let me wait to run him over three miles rather than push me. We wanted to wait and do it on a big day.”
Bypassing the Cheltenham Festival, he finished second to Clan Des Obeaux in the Grade 1 Betway Bowl at the Grand National fixture earlier this month.