Ded impresses in winning bow
Grade One-winning hurdler Dedigout made the perfect start to his career over fences in the Buy Punchestown Tickets On Facebook Beginners Chase.
Tony Martin's six-year-old, who suffered just one reverse from five starts over timber and signed off last season with victory at the highest level at the Punchestown Festival, was unsurprisingly a long odds-on favourite at 2-9 for his chasing bow and pounded his rivals into submission under Davy Russell.
Only the front-running Beeverstown was able to stick with the market leader from a long way out, but he was well held when he suffered a tired fall at the second-last, and Dedigout galloped on remorselessly in the heavy ground to win by 34 lengths. Happy New Year finished second.
Paddy Power make Dedigout a 16-1 shot for the RSA Chase at next year's Cheltenham Festival.
Martin said: "Hopefully Dedigout goes the right way now and we'll see how he comes out of this. He had experience from point-to-pointing. It went well and I was happy with his jumping.
"The first lad (Beeverstown) took him along, but he fell through tiredness - they went plenty fast enough on that ground. He bends his knee well and goes well on that winter ground.
"We'll take it one step at a time with him, but hopefully he'll be a good horse. We'll look for something in three or four weeks' time and the Drinmore Chase looks the obvious one for him, or else we could go for a winners-of-one."
Banjaxed Girl (2-1 favourite) had some decent form in the book over fences and got off the mark with a comfortable victory in the Punchestown Annual Membership 2013 Mares Beginners Chase.
Robbie Power just about made all on Lady Fowler's eight-year-old, who shrugged off only danger Carrig Millie after the second-last and was not threatened as Oscars Business stayed on late for second, three lengths in arrears.
The winning trainer said: "We had to get that one out of the way! I think she may be a little bit better than last year as she had a little bit of a problem then, which took a little bit of time to work out. At least she is a winner again now (after seven wins in Britain for Nigel Twiston-Davies)."