Ridden by Wayne Hutchinson for just the second time this season, Godsmejudge took up a prominent position early on the final circuit and galloped on relentlessly in the straight to win by four lengths from Midlands Grand National hero Big Occasion, who'd loomed up turning in but proved no match for doughty stayer Godsmejudge.
The Nicky Richards-trained Mister Marker was a further nine lengths back in third, with Tour des Champs making up the first four. Fill The Power came fifth for the Grand National-winning yard of Sue Smith. Both Smith's Grand National-winning Auroras Encore and favourite Rival d'Estruval were pulled up, the latter having never jumped or travelled with much fluency.
The win was a first in the race both for Hutchinson and Scottish-born King, and will be seen as recompense for Godsmejudge's narrow defeat in the Classic Chase at Warwick back in January. Still a novice, Godsmejudge had been third in the National Hunt Challenge Cup at Cheltenham on his previous start.