Over at Limerick 11 year old Faugheen landed his first black type success over fences after the veteran this season has been transformed into the horse of old.
The Willie Mullins trained superstar throughout his career has landed numerous Grade Ones over hurdles and surprisingly at the age of 11 his trainer switched him to fences.
This has been one of the training decisions of the century with the star looking a shadow of his former self and on the brink of retirement after injury setbacks and below standard performances the season before, his new lease of life over fences has seen him go unbeaten on both his starts.
He scored at Punchestown in November in a Beginners Chase although making a mistake and was sent to Limerick for an even tougher test on just his second start over the bigger obstacles.
He was taking on the hot favourite Samcro in the Grade One Novices Chase and with the two head to head facing the last the extra class showed from the veteran and he went on to ease clear and put a huge statement out for some of the Cheltenham markets.