Comfort Zone further highlighted Ireland's dominance in the juvenile hurdle division when landing a telling blow in the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Joseph O'Brien's youngster made a successful raid to British shores when taking the Finale Juvenile Hurdle over Christmas and added a second successive Grade Two prize when downing Milton Harris' Scriptwriter - who headed into the Cheltenham feature as one of the home team's best Triumph Hurdle hopes.

Scriptwriter looked to be travelling beautifully as Paddy Brennan charted a typically wide course round Prestbury Park, but the 2-1 favourite Comfort Zone was smuggled into contention by Jonjo O'Neill Jr and having jumped the last level pulled out more on the run to the line to prevail by half a length.