Donald McCain is keen to keep things low-key for the time being with Kie following his most impressive chasing debut at Musselburgh.
The four-year-old struck twice and also ran some decent races in defeat during his juvenile year over hurdles and his trainer has decided to send him straight over the larger obstacles this term, where he gets a handy age allowance.
Supporters of the 6-5 favourite had an early scare in the Musselburgh Interactive Beginners' Chase as Kie brushed through the first fence, but he was clear with a circuit to go and produced some fine leaps, winging the final fence on his way to an 11-length win under Jason Maguire.
"That was grand. He made that mistake at the first but he probably needed that as he's been a bit bold and it doesn't do them any harm if they stand up," said McCain.
"He's only four, but he's from a good jumping family and his way of racing suits running in two-mile chases. He could be a nice prospect, but we'll just take things steady for the time being."
McCain and Maguire went on to complete doubles in the following R&M Mike Finnie 25th Anniversary Novices' Hurdle as 9-2 shot Smadynium beat the consistent Maybe I Wont by a length and three-quarters.
The trainer went on: "He did it well and we've been looking for a bit of better ground with him. He's a genuine horse and he'll get a bit further, and there will be more races to be won with him."
Newcastle-based handler Michael Smith believes there is more to come from Imperial Vic (9-4) after he overcame obvious signs of inexperience to take top honours in the Be One Step Ahead Maiden Hurdle under a positive ride from Danny Cook, beating McCain's favourite Dannanceys Hill.
Smith said: "I'm really pleased with him. He's done it really well. It was only his third run on a racecourse. I know he's run in a lot of point-to-points, but he's still a bit green. We'll just take things slowly with him for the time being. He's a nice horse and hard as nails."
Wilson Renwick rode a double, scoring on Nine Stories (8-1) in the Dalhousie Bonnyrigg 720 Handicap Hurdle and 11-2 shot Clever Cookie in the bumper.
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