Dessie Hughes' Action Master ran out a 20/1 winner of the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle qualifier at Cheltenham on Friday.

Bryan Cooper was in the saddle and delivered a fine hold-up performance to collar Nigel Twiston-Davies' Viking Blond on the run uphill and eventually cleared two lengths away.

Afterwards, Hughes said: "We were sick of the heavy ground in Ireland and the horse wants good ground - he only got it once and was second, finishing fast in the Ulster Cesarewitch. He just has to creep and creep through the race. He could come back for the Festival."