Three on the bounce for Lite
Lite Duties completed a hat-trick in the lucrative Tara Handicap Hurdle at Navan.
Successive victories at Punchestown this season had seen the Charles Byrnes-trained five-year-old raised 23lb in the weights prior to his latest assignment.
Sent off the 4-1 joint-favourite for this 50,000 euro contest, Lite Duties made stealthy headway towards the front end before the home turn and responded to Philip Enright's urgings in the straight to quicken past admirable mare Jennies Jewel.
The other 4-1 joint-favourite, Tony Martin's Dara Tango, emerged as the biggest threat after the final flight, but Lite Duties saw him off by two and three-quarter lengths.
Byrnes said: "I was delighted with the way he stayed on. There were not that many options between now and Christmas and he could go now for a novice between two and a half and three miles.
"It was a good pot to get today, and just unfortunate that Davy (Russell) couldn't do the weight."