Hewick beat an impressive bet365 Gold Cup winner at Sandown to give Ireland another big hit on British soil.

The winner of the Durham National at Sedgefield in the fall, Shark Hanlon returns from a break at the Midland National at Utoxet last month.

But the seven-year-old proved a different proposition at the hands of leading Irish conditional Jordan Gainford in the traditional seasonal final.

Taking a step back, the race winner four years ago who gave amateur driver Lily Bradstock a daring sight up front for most of the three-mile, five-franc journey of Lily Bradstock, but It’s a tired horse turning home.

As he faltered, Haywick swept the lead and he never really looked in danger of being caught as he galloped all the way up the hill to score easily by eight points.

Shark Hanlon (red tie) celebrates Hewick’s bet365 Gold Cup win at Sandown

Musical Slave took the runner-up spot, finishing third ahead of 4/1 favorite Kitty’s Light.

Hanlon said: “He’s a lovely horse. He was unlucky at Utoxeter and if it wasn’t for the loose horse there, I think he would have won.

“He plays at the front, which is his strength at home.

“He’s a summer horse, he’s just getting started. We’re going to see a lot of him in England, albeit without an immediate target.”