Willie Mullins hailed Burrows Saint's Irish Grand National victory as "tremendous" after Ruby Walsh's mount filled one of the few remaining gaps on his training CV.
The Closutton handler, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup for the first time last month, claimed his first victory in the Fairyhouse showpiece today, saddling second place Isleofhopendreams and third Acapella Bourgeois for good measure.
"It was a tremendous result. It’s just been one of those years where we have done things that we haven’t done before," he said afterwards.
"It’s tremendous for Ruby and tremendous for (owner) Rich Ricci. We’re delighted to win it for the yard too.
"I’m very happy for all the horses, the owners and the riders."
It was just a fifth start over fences Burrows Saint, who became only the second six-year-old to win since 1985.
But Walsh had seen enough in previous wins at Punchestown and Limerick to convince him that his third National victory was a prospect.
"I was a little surprised Ruby chose him as I thought he might go for something with more experience," said Mullins.
"Obviously he gave him a great feel the two days he won on him. I think that’s his third run in six weeks, so it shows what kind of ability he might have in the future.
"I thought for a couple of seconds that Danny (Mullins on Isleofhopendreams) might win it jumping the last, as he was coming with a wet sail. It was another good run from him as he was second last year.
"Ruby was very confident throughout, but I thought Johnny Burke (on Acapella Bourgeois) was too and all our riders rode the last mile fantastic."
Walsh said he had deliberately picked a younger horse at the lower end of the weights.
"When they have the experience they have too much weight, and when they have the experience they are too exposed. That’s the way I looked at it.
"I don’t really want to be taking part anymore, I want to win. That’s why I went for the unexposed horse.
"He made one or two novicey mistakes, but he got into a great rhythm when the race slowed down. He got travelling really well in a lovely position beside Danny, and after that he jumped super most of the way.
"I joined Willie when I was 16, nearly 24 years ago, and it’s a long time not to fall out with someone!"