Fury Road secured an effortless success in the "Monksfield" Novice Hurdle at Navan.

The Grade Three event lost much of its sheen when the winner's fellow Gordon Elliott inmate, Abacadabras, was withdrawn on Sunday morning - leaving Fury Road to be sent off the 1-25 favourite.

Fury Road was an 18-length winner on his initial start over hurdles at Down Royal at the start of the month, and jockey Davy Russell was full of confidence from the off.

He was well in control with four flights to jump - and Fury Road cantered home 10 lengths clear, firmly on the bridle.

Elliott may consider a step up in trip for the Gigginstown House Stud-owned winner, although the Grade One Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle over two and a half miles on January 5 is another option.

He said: "It was straightforward, as it should have been, but he's a nice horse and is better than that form.

"He could step right out to three miles if we wanted, and he jumps very well.

"He could go for the three-mile race at Limerick or the Lawlor's race at Naas. He's a big, staying horse." 

Chris's Dream justified market confidence as he ran out a stylish winner of the Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase.

Trained by Henry de Bromhead, Chris's Dream was given a peach of a ride by Robbie Power, settling off the pace through the early stages before delivering a perfectly-timed challenge to grab the €59,000 first prize.

Last year's second Mr Diablo was prominent throughout much of the three-mile trip, but they were lining up to challenge him with three fences to jump.

Chris's Dream (9-2) was making effortless progress in behind, seizing control at the second-last as Fitzhenry tried to go with him.

When Power gave the signal coming to the last, the favourite stretched clear and soared over the final obstacle to pull nine and a half lengths clear at the line.

Fitzhenry kept on for second, with Portmore Lough a further seven and a half lengths back in third and Space Cadet fourth.

Chris's Dream was a Grade Two winner over course and distance back in February, but he fell short at Grade One level at Aintree and Punchestown.

De Bromhead said: "Brian (Acheson, owner) suggested this race, and it made a lot of sense. Robbie was brilliant on him, and he's a very good horse.

"His form tailed off a bit last season, so we'll have to watch that, and it seems he doesn't want too much racing. We went to Aintree full of confidence, and he was well beaten - then he ran no sort of race at Punchestown.

"Christmas will probably come too soon, so maybe we will look at something like the Thyestes -but to be honest, I haven't really looked beyond today."