Lord Windermere overcame bad luck in running to open his account over fences in the Ballymaloe Country Relish Beginners Chase at Leopardstown.
Jim Culloty's charge was squeezed for room on the turn for home and had to be switched to the far rail by jockey Tom Doyle to make his bid. Once the 9-4 favourite saw daylight, he negotiated the final fence in good style and kept on strongly to beat Marasonnien by two lengths.
Culloty said: "He'll get three miles in time but, on this ground, I didn't want to subject him to a gruelling race. I'll chat with the owner to see where we go but over that distance, he's only getting going at the end. He handles that ground well and I won't run him on fast ground. He's got a bright future."
Tarquinius made virtually all the running to grind out victory in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase. Keith Donoghue had the Gordon Elliott-trained grey in the vanguard from the start and saw off a couple of serious challengers to land the spoils.
Donoghue told At the Races: "He jumped well and travelled the whole way and just galloped them into the ground. He's a good horse and his jumping helps him a lot."
Sizing Gold (4-6) justified his short price with a convincing win in the Ryans Cleaning Maiden Hurdle.
Runner-up behind smart types in Seeford and Don Cossack in his first two races over jumps, Henry de Bromhead's five-year-old came good in stylish fashion. Asserting his superiority from the second-last in the hands of Andrew Lynch, he was not hard pressed to score by three lengths from Morning Assembly.
De Bromhead said: "I'm delighted with that. He just jumps and gallops. After running well on his first start over two and a half miles, I dropped him back to two miles at Navan. I'm definitely wondering why I did that!
"Nevertheless, he ran a good race against Don Cossack and I was delighted with him today and he'll stay further. I'd imagine he'll go for a novice race next over two and a half miles-plus but we've no big targets for him over hurdles.
"He's massive, a very big horse, so to win a bumper last year was pretty impressive. He weighed out at 584 kilos this morning so there's no point in killing him over hurdles. He's a dour stayer and one to look forward to over fences."
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
Mullins: Fever can go the distance
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
Appeal success for Russell/Enright
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