Captain Guinness is back on track with an emphatic success in the Grade Three Poplar Square Chase in Naas.
The six-year-old, coached by Henry de Bromhead, quickly put his authority on the two-mile race after taking the lead at the penultimate fence.
The 6-5 favorite walked away from his five rivals in the hands of Rachael Blackmore by scoring four lengths and three quarters from Andy Dufresne.
De Bromhead said: “He settled in very well, which is crucial for him, and that’s exactly what we wanted. It’s great for the Landys (owners), who are all here today.
“We always thought he was an exceptional jumper, and he was only unlucky a couple of times last year. Punchestown was probably one run too many last season.
“This has always been an obvious race to start with, but I’m not sure where we will go next. I imagine Leopardstown at Christmas would be, and if we do anything between now and then I’m not sure.
“Tingle Creek and Hilly Way in Cork would be the two obvious races between now and Christmas if we ran it again.”
The Guinness captain was reduced to 20-1 from 33-1 for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, with Betfair and Paddy Power.
Blackmore was completing a doubles after previously scoring over Uhtred (4-9) for Joseph O’Brien in the Bet Victor Maiden Hurdle opener.
Teahupoo then won a dramatic contest for the Grade Three Bet Victor Fishery Lane Hurdle.
Autumn Evening seemed to have every chance when he took a nasty crash on his penultimate flight, leaving Teahupoo (2-1) to land the haul.
Running for the first time since losing his unbeaten run to Jeff Kidder at Fairyhouse in April, the four-year-old Gordon Elliott-trained shrugged Quilixios to score 12 points below Jack Kennedy. Jeff Kidder was third.
Kennedy said, “He was very good. Autumn Evening went to the penultimate, but I felt I had it covered at the time.
“Reluctantly I had to move on early and I was much happier when Rachael moved on. She caught him well and stayed at a gallop. She jumped brilliantly.
“I’ve never ridden him in a race before, but obviously he’s improved since last year and he’s a lovely horse.”
Teahupoo was introduced at 16-1 with Paddy Power and Betfair for Unibet Champion Hurdle.
Of Quilixios, de Bromhead said, “He was hanging right and jumping right, which isn’t him. He didn’t do it at Cheltenham.
“It looked great to enter the race, but it definitely wasn’t him. Obviously it was his first run of the season, but the striker would be a concern.”