Whatuthink produced a tremendously game performance under Tom Doyle to inflict a shock defeat on Voler La Vedette in the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan.
Colm Murphy's top-class mare was a 1-7 favourite to claim this Grade Two prize for the second successive year and was ridden with extreme confidence by Andrew Lynch, settled right out the back of the field.
She made good headway on the turn for home to take much closer order and was within a couple of lengths of the front-running Whatuthink (25-1) jumping the second from home, but could not get any closer to Oliver McKiernan's charge and went down by four and a quarter lengths.
The winning trainer said: "He has always had ability. We decided to go back over hurdles with him. It was a great performance, but maybe fitness over the others was the key. He was tipping away all summer while the others were just starting out.
"He loves that ground and he kept going. He will go to Leopardstown now at Christmas and he might run before then. The plan was to make plenty of use of him and if they were good enough to go by him, so be it."
Paul Carberry rode a patient race on Noel Meade's 5-4 favourite Dylan Ross in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase, picking off the opposition to lead on the run-in and beat Lake Windermere by a length and three-quarters.
The trainer said: "I asked Paul what the plan was and he said 'I'll be late!'. The last day was bit of a disappointment, but he was probably beaten by a very good horse (Jenari).
"He jumped well. He's very athletic. He's a real rubber ball and he was given the perfect ride. We'll stay at two miles. Paul thinks he wants better ground.
"He'll be entered for St Stephen's Day at Leopardstown. He mixed it with real good horses last year, so there's no reason why he shouldn't again if he jumps well."
Ted Walsh's Champagne James (15-8) made an impressive debut in the concluding bumper under a cool ride from Robbie McNamara.
19 December 2014Master back in the spotlight
Grugy in line to start cantering
Newland seeks more from Re
Prize money boost in HRI initiative
Zig zips to impressive victory
New steroids policy delayed
Serge states Supreme case
Martin readying big guns
Exciting Sceaux out at Fairyhouse
Firebird skips National service
Hobbs on Garde at Ascot
Fry excited by Activial chance
The New One in Haydock return
Reve camp not expecting a hat-trick
King issues Chatez Triumph warning
Bolger searching for Mossey key
King weighs up Karezak options
Henderson hoping Bobs makes Lexus
Simonsig camp play the long game
In-form Mole buries Exeter rivals
Sedgefield hit with heavy fine
Star names check in for Ryanair
Bobs revved up for Lexus repeat
Knott disqualified for three years
Geraghty braced for power Serge
Geraghty excited by Josses return
Activial stars in Ladbroke field
18 December 2014Alvarado back for National service
Winner given Lexus go-ahead
Cheltenham dreams for King's Zero
Sivola bids for Long Walk hat-trick
Power plan uncertain for Westener
Kauto pleases in Olympia display
Mullins eyes twin assault on Lexus
Value oozes class in Newbury romp
Annie Power on road to recovery
Spencer strikes after U-turn
Vautour ready for next jumps test
Mullins banks on Faugheen progress
Victory set to skip Ladbroke
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17 December 2014Sidelined Brian misses Whittle
Sceaux to sidestep Haydock raid
Square season derailed by injury
Lexus a non-starter for Clouds
Europe return hinges on ground
Injury woe for Cookson
Plans on hold for Topper
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Mulholland makes Master plan
Cango makes Catterick impression
Field sizes under BHA microscope
Quinn outlines Aurore options
Legal laying down the law at Ludlow
Ground dictates Attaglance plans
King heartened by Walkon return
Cross set Christmas conundrum
16 December 2014Pipe bowled over by Palace
Cole to duck Leopardstown mission
Pipe bowled over by Palace
Arbuthnot has Starluck options
Geraghty taken with weekend Heroes
Moore the merrier at Plumpton
Estrella back with a bang
Options fluid for Hargam
Lough set for Lexus workout
Sceaux in Haydock frame
Victoire at Ladbroke summit
Five left in Long Walk