The first horse that caught the eye in defeat across the four day festival was the Willie Mullins trained Kilcruit, who under a less than impressive ride by Paul Townend, could only finish second when favourite in the Champion Bumper.
The gelding had been a model of consistency in the build up to the festival landing both his events, including a Grade Two at the Dublin Racing festival.
He took on his toughest test yet in the Champion Bumper, going up against his Cheveley Park owned stablemate Sir Gerhard, who under a good ride by Rachael Blackmore took the Grade one spoils.
Kilcruit on the Wednesday was a very unlucky loser making up serious ground up the hill to narrowly be beaten, with Sir Gerhard and Blackmore just being allowed the first run going from the front.
Being stepped up in trip over hurdles next season can see Kilcruit in a better light and he is worth sticking by next season, showing pure ability to date.