Castlegrace Paddy scored a first success in 15 months by claiming the Grade Two Webster Cup Chase at Navan.
The nine-year-old has been highly tried by Pat Fahy after winning the Hilly Way Chase back in December 2018, finishing a distant third in last year's Champion Chase at Punchestown and then fourth behind Chacun Pour Soi on his return this term in the Dublin Chase.
However, he was last of five on his latest run and went off a 100-30 shot in a four-runner field which also featured last year's Topham Chase winner Cadmium and Grade One hero Ornua (13-8).
It was Ornua who set out to make all under Davy Russell, and he still appeared to have plenty in reserve with three to jump as Paul Townend started to get to work on 6-5 favourite Cadmium - who found little when asked.
That left Ornua and Castlegrace Paddy to battle it out over the final two fences, with the pair jumping the last in unison before Bryan Cooper managed to conjure an extra effort from the winner.
Castlegrace Paddy came home two and three-quarter lengths clear, with Cadmium 22 lengths back in third and the same distance again to the only other runner, Solar Heat.
Fahy said: "That was great. Bryan said at Leopardstown to keep this race in mind.
"He said at Naas he gave a blow at the wrong time. When they all quickened he gave a blow, and he had to give him a chance.
"I had thought about going for the Grand Annual (at Cheltenham) and thought he was well in, but (adviser) Joe Foley and (owner) Steve Parkin wanted to come for this - and when we saw the entries, it looked like the right move.
"I'd say the ground is still heavy enough for him. All the times he's won it's been soft ground, but ground that he can jump off, whereas there he has to get down and jump and can't be slick enough, but he was good today.
"I'm delighted for Steve Parkin, who has stuck by me, and Joe Foley.
"We had said if we won this we might go to Aintree, but we'll see. This was the main objective and we got it."
Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning rider Townend did strike on Francin (4-1) in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Hurdle, with the Willie Mullins-trained runner powering past Sixshooter (9-1) on the run-in to score by two lengths. Opposites Attract (7-1) was third.
Townend said: "He did it nicely. He was going to win well here the last day, but made a mistake at the last, so I was anxious to follow one down to the last.
"I was happy enough down the straight that I was going to get them. Stepping up to that trip didn't inconvenience him, I think he needs it.
"The ground is rotten but he galloped away through it as well as anything would, I'd say.
"He took a while to win. We have had him a long time, but he's won two now and he'll definitely keep progressing. He's a nice horse, and I'd say chasing will be his game down the line."
Jimmil (10-1) opened his account in style when landing the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Handicap Chase for Gavin Cromwell and Conor Maxwell.
Up against prolific winner Treacysenniscorthy (4-5F), Jimmil took the lead approaching the last before going on to triumph by five and a half lengths. Minella Till Dawn (16-1) finished third.
Cromwell said: "That was great, and it was a brilliant pot. His jumping is only starting to come. He asked him at one down the back, and he jumped up into the clouds.
"He fell here a couple of runs ago when he overjumped, but it's come together and this is a great pot to win. I think there might be something in Fairyhouse for him, but we'll see how we go.
Jessica Harrington and Robbie Power were out of luck at Cheltenham, but returned to winning ways as Lynwood Gold (11-4) landed the Bective Restaurant Maiden Hurdle from Blackbow (10-11F) and Ennemi Public (9-1).
Power said: "That was good. He had a good run in Naas the last day - he's improved with every run, and handles those conditions very well.
"He's a good, tough horse and was a decent horse on the Flat. Two miles is far enough for him at the moment, but he will stay further."
Thereisnodoubt (12-1) overcame a lengthy absence to win the Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle from Instant Return (2-1F) and Harvest Bow (9-1), while Conright Boy (5-2) saw off Spare Brakes (6-4F) and My Manekineko (6-1) to win the Navan Members Handicap Chase.