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."
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No track worries for Sire team
Mullins to field three in JLT
Ferof features in Ryanair dozen
Leading duo top World field
Last and First in Gold frame
Injured Maguire out of Festival
Judgement day beckons for Fly
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Que takes aim at Festival landmark
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Clouds lined up for RSA
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Ruby ready to Rock
Suspensory problem sidelines Chris
Mullins 'very happy' with Fly
Cooper raring to go after fall
National glee for supersub Mullins
Francome fancies New One revenge
Quinn targets another Triumph
Buck's primed for World title bid
Cheltenham team monitor ground
Fenton delays Instalment call
Activial to duck Festival mission
Hope springs eternal for Encore
Fab Fly takes on eight in Champion
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Cooper warms up with double
Cooper warms up with double
Avenue roads lead to Irish Oaks
Dude's the main man
Top trainers reject watering
Hinterland takes Champion test
Baltimore sets up bonus bid
Warrior wins Trial battle
Fallon hits Meydan heights
Chartreux bounces back to best
Brave Vic has Final word
Soumillon strikes on super Shea
On His Own joins Gold Cup field
8 March 2014Queally hits Sandown target
Briar tops Bartlett contenders
Calipto leads Triumph hopefuls
Ginge fires burn brightly for Neild
Creek forced out of Gold Cup
Milan targeting Final glory
McCoy to miss Sunday and Monday
Exchange rate pays dividend
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De Bromhead sweet on Special
Epsom to honour St Nick
Mullins dominates JLT entries
Al and Dynaste top Ryanair field
Big two lead World possibles