Sizing Europe won the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park for the third successive year.
The popular Henry de Bromhead-trained 11-year-old was made to work harder than his starting price of 4-5 suggested, however, as Baily Green and Rubi Light both ran hugely encouraging races in defeat.
Andrew Lynch was content to sit in second as Rubi Light set a strong gallop in front, and Barry Geraghty kicked on with half a mile to run.
As they turned into the straight Baily Green, second to Simonsig in the Arkle last season, moved comfortably into contention under David Casey and looked a threat to all.
Sizing Europe was in front jumping the last and Lynch had to be fairly vigorous in keeping De Bromhead's chaser up to his work as he eventually crossed the line a length and a quarter in front of Baily Green, who just got the better of the game Rubi Light.
Both Gigginstown Stud-owned horses, Quiot De La Roque and Roi Du Mee, feel at the second-last when looking beaten.
De Bromhead said: "That was great, it was a sigh of relief. Every time he runs now it is a relief.
"He has such a record here that sometimes he might not be up for it as much as he was. He's definitely representing the elderly.
"I say it every time but I am so lucky to train him. His work at home has been so good the guys can't hold him, he loves it.
"Rosemary, who rides his Flat work, writes notes every day and it just says 'super form' every day.
"Andrew said he gave a blow at the second-last and he'll improve a good bit. I wouldn't mind stepping him up in trip and giving him a crack at three miles on good ground.
"We'll look at the Down Royal race again in which he has been second to Kauto Star and Quito De La Roque.
"There are other races but he's maybe a bit too slow for two miles now. I'll talk to Alan and Ann (Potts) and see what the ground is like."
Dessie Hughes looks to have an exciting recruit to the fencing ranks after Art Of Logistics landed the Gowran Park Racing Club Beginners Chase on his first look at the bigger obstacles.
There were three virtually in line at the second-last and when favourite Too Scoops fell, Art Of Logistics (2-1) got the better of Balnaslow to score by a length and a quarter in the hands of Bryan Cooper.
Jessie Harrington saddled a four-timer at the track on Friday, adding a fifth success at the Dundalk evening meeting, and she was at it again as Hurricane Ridge took the Live Music After Racing Handicap Hurdle.
Mark Bolger, securing a double, hit the front going to the last on the 10-1 shot and drove him out to keep Hold Em Cowboy at bay by three-quarters of a length.
Bolger had already won on John McConnell's front-runner Lindenhurst (11-4), who did himself no favours by jumping left in the Golf Memberships 2014 From 749 Euro 3-Y-O Hurdle but was still able to reverse form with favourite Guitar Pete on better terms, winning by a length.
Tabac Brun (10-1) resisted the late charge of Grand Jesture to take the Rooftop Racing Packages At Gowran Park Maiden Hurdle by a nose under Brian O'Connell, and Barry Geraghty got The Crafty Butcher (7-2) home by half a length in the www.gowranpark.ie Handicap Hurdle.