Champagne Fever returned to winning form when making all the running in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.
Last season's Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner had run a listless race last time out at Naas, but Willie Mullins' charge bounced back to his best in this Grade One test.
The strongly-fancied Waaheb fell at the second flight when at the rear of the field and the 2-1 favourite brushed aside Bright New Dawn, his only serious challenger, and galloped on strongly to the line in the hands of Paul Townend to score by a length and three-quarters.
Mullins said: "He's back to himself, which is a huge relief after Naas. We just fiddled around a bit with him since then and we waited until this week to give him two bits of work. He really impressed in those two bits, especially in his work on Tuesday.
"We're always afraid when a horse gets an infection like that which might ruin his season. At least he seems to have come back to where he was though.
"It wouldn't be a problem going out in trip with him, but we'll stick to the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
"The plan is that Mozoltov, Champagne Fever and Un Atout will run in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle. Pont Alexandre will run in the Neptune and Ballycasey in the Albert Bartlett.
"It will be tough over there, but you send your best and hope that one of them will draw."
Stan James cut Champagne Fever to 16-1 from 33s for the Supreme, and spokesman Joseph Burke said: "It was a pity that Waaheb exited so early, but it was still a very taking performance and he ground out his victory before keeping Bright New Dawn at bay."
2 December 2016Joseph O'Brien claims Dundalk success for Qatar Racing
Classy Messire Des Obeaux fires for Alan King at Sandown
More Buck's in the money at Sandown
Classy Messire Des Obeaux fires for Alan King at Sandown
The New One set to take on International Hurdle assignment
Faugheen earmarked for Christmas comeback
Alan King rules at Sandown with Messire Des Obeaux
Oliver Sherwood 'very happy' as National winner Many Clouds returns to Aintree
Noel Fehily bowled over by Sandown-bound Altior
National king Mouse Morris on Aintree reconnaissance mission with Rogue Angel
Vroum Vroum Mag leads Hatton's Grace team for Willie Mullins
Ground poser as Un De Sceaux takes Tingle Creek test at Sandown
Henry de Bromhead has John Durkan target for Sub Lieutenant
Exeter Friday card falls victim to frost
No problems for day one of Tingle Creek meeting at Sandown
Crafty Roberto back to winning ways at Market Rasen
Highland Lodge geared up for Becher repeat
Hilly Way beckons for Douvan as Un De Sceaux picks up Tingle Creek gauntlet
Arctic Skipper angling for Lexus honours at Leopardstown
Tully East makes perfect start as Bachasson falters at Thurles
'Big day' for The New One as chasing bow beckons at Exeter
Coeur Blimey makes hurdling debut at Sandown for Sue Gardner
Trevor Whelan withdraws appeal against Leicester suspension
Native River to have light campaign before Gold Cup
1 December 2016Precautionary inspection called for Sandown
Douvan gloom for ante-post punters as Un De Sceaux heads to Sandown
The Last Samuri spearheads Becher Chase charge at Aintree
Mouse Morris considers Cork return for Mozoltov
Exeter takes precautions against threat of frost
Frozen Wincanton abandons Thursday fixture
Ruby Walsh describes Douvan Tingle Creek price as 'crazy'
Brian Hughes booked for The Last Samuri in Becher test
Super Sam spearheads Deutsch double as Twiston-Davies is denied
Henry Brooke completes swift injury recovery with fourth place at Catterick
Brian Hughes ends notable November with Catterick glory
Sam Twiston-Davies second on Ffos Las return
Martin warns Heartbreak City 'more doubtful than likely' to run at Huntingdon
French stayer Alex De Larredya on track for Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot
Jim Crowley receives Scarlet Dragon call-up for Qatar mission
30 November 2016David Bass set for swift return at Wincanton
HWPA anticipates 'friendly association' with ITV Racing
David Dennis ponders Cheltenham Gold run with Roman Flight
Who Dares Wins in frame for big Ascot handicap
Mouse Morris to chart Punchestown route with Smashing
Fergal O'Brien considers Haydock test for National hope Viva Steve
Wincanton on frost alert
'Great feeling' as trainer Ian Williams bags landmark winner
Airlie Beach in line for Grade One test in Royal Bond at Fairyhouse
Alpha Des Obeaux on target for Drinmore mission
National hero Mouse Morris dreaming of more Aintree glory
Profitable to stay with Clive Cox following Godolphin sale
Faugheen among Hatton's Grace 10 as Annie Power misses out
Coeur Blimey team on Sandown weather watch
Superstar Douvan all the rage for Tingle Creek battle
Michael Bell happy with Big Orange as he jets into Hong Kong
29 November 2016Martin Harley to face disciplinary hearing over Chelmsford ride
Arkle favourite Altior heads six for Henry VIII at Sandown
Sam Twiston-Davies eager to get back on track at Ffos Las
Henry Brooke makes Catterick return following recovery from Hexham horror fall
Lingfield set to race after track passes third inspection
Southwell gets the go-ahead following third inspection
Colin Tizzard upbeat on Fox Norton recovery
Willie Mullins waits on Douvan and Sceaux Tingle Creek call
Fergal O'Brien planning steady hurdles start for Poetic Rhythm
Lingfield check again
Southwell check again due to frost
Paul Nicholls welcomes return of Sam Twiston-Davies
Andy Stewart cool on Chepstow raid with Saphir Du Rheu
Paul Nicholls and Andy Stewart chasing Aintree cash with More Buck's
Aintree-bound Rogue Angel given Becher thumbs-up by Mouse Morris
Sandown races reopened
Top Notch continues chasing education with Plumpton verdict
Hugo Palmer hoping Crimean Tatar can stay the distance in 2017
Hanlon picks out Punchestown target for Newcastle third Hidden Cyclone