Enovoi Allen's perfect record remains unblemished after Gordon Elliott's charge recorded a convincing success in the Grade One Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle at the County Kildare track.
Stepping up in trip to two and a half miles for the first time, Davy Russell was content to take a lead from Willie Mullins' Elixir D'ainay until the turn into the straight.
By then it only concerned those two, as even the promising Longhouse Poet could not keep up.
Sent off the 1-4 favourite, Envoi Allen briefly had to be nudged along by Russell, but running down to the second-last he joined the leader.
On landing he was soon in front and the race was over as long as he jumped the last well and he did just that.
While he was only ever just doing enough in front, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned gelding still won by three and a half lengths.
Envoi Allen, who is now unbeaten in seven starts under Rules, was winning at the top level for the third time in his career and looks certain to be sent off favourite for whichever race his connections opt to tackle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Last year's Weatherbys Champion Bumper winner looks best suited for the Ballymore, for which he trades at no bigger than 6-4.
The brilliant Gordon Elliott trained Envoi Allen remains unbeaten, notching up a decisive win in the Grade 1 Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle, with Davy Russell doing the steering pic.twitter.com/V4ovlyepap— Naas Racecourse (@NaasRacecourse) January 5, 2020
Elliott said: "That was a proper test, they went a proper gallop turning past the stands.
"Davy said he learned more today than he ever learned. He jumped well and he just does what he has to do when he gets to the front.
"He'll be entered in everything at Cheltenham. He could go to two miles or go this trip, I couldn't see him going much further.
"We'll try to split them all up and he could go either way.
"I'd say over two and a half he'd find it very easy if you drop him in and ride a race. Over two miles you'd have to be forcing it the whole way.
"I'd say that was a fair race, they went a fair lick the whole way.
"He'll only ever win by a length or two, that's all he ever he does every day he runs."
Asked about a possible tilt at the Champion Hurdle, Elliott said: "He'll be entered in everything at Cheltenham, but I'd imagine we'll keep him in his own grade this year.
"If I was a betting man I'd say we'll keep him in the grade he's in.
"He'll have entries at the Dublin Festival. Whether we go straight to Cheltenham or not, obviously I'll have to discuss that with Chris Richardson and Mr and Mrs Thompson (of Cheveley Park).
"It's great to have horses for them. They are supporting the yard and have a few nice horses with us, so we're very happy."
On the six-year-old's future as chaser, Elliott added: "When you look at the way he jumped two or three of those hurdles, he looks like he's made for fences."
Cash Back ran out an impressive winner of what could prove an informative Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase.
Five of the six runners looked to hold serious chances beforehand, but the big disappointment of the race was Willie Mullins' Tornado Flyer, a stablemate of the winner.
While there was not much between the two Mullins-trained runners in the betting, Tornado Flyer had achieved more in his career to date and had won twice over fences already, but he never looked happy and was eventually pulled up.
Danny Mullins did well to hold on to Cash Back and save enough for the finish as Zero Ten, who had kept him company most of the way despite jumping right, could not go on in the straight.
The opposite was true of Cash Back (7-2) who ran right through the line and looked a smart prospect, winning by 12 lengths.
"It was a very good performance and there was a lot of improvement from his Navan run," said Mullins.
"I was a bit worried the ground was drying out, but it didn't seem to bother him. He jumped very well and hopefully he keeps improving.
"Danny was very positive on him and they get on well. We'll see where we go from here, I'm not sure what his next target will be.
"We'll see whether he goes for the Dublin Racing Festival and the Arkle there, or we find another two-mile race.
"He has a good style of running and jumping. He likes to get at his racing and jumping."
He added: "Tornado was disappointing there, but hopefully we can sort out whatever was up with him. Paul (Townend) said he wasn't travelling at all at any stage."
The lightly raced Cash Back sets a good gallop from the outset, and bounds away after the last to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase in promising fashion for @WillieMullinsNH pic.twitter.com/AxTbSQcsH0— Naas Racecourse (@NaasRacecourse) January 5, 2020
Philip Dempsey's Caravation (6-5) scored for the first time over fences at the fourth attempt in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Beginners Chase.
Having won a point-to-point, a bumper, over hurdles and now fences, the big aim will now be black type but she was slightly fortunate as the odds-on favourite Good Thyne Tara fell at the third last.
"We got the rub of the green. The other horse was travelling well at the time and there was still all to play for," said Dempsey.
"We're delighted with the way she jumped today and you couldn't have asked for any better really.
"She had the experience and we're delighted to get off the mark. We might look for a winners of one before pitching her it at the deep end.
"We'll stick to mares races if we can."