Mikael d'Haguenet duly dispatched his three rivals as he took another step to rebuilding his career with a smooth success in the Follow Punchestown On Facebook Hurdle.
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The three-times Grade One winner has not always delivered but had little trouble in justifying odds of 2-5 in this two-and-a-half-mile heat.
After tracking the pace-setting Western Leader for most of the race, he was asked to go about his business by Ruby Walsh after jumping the second-last flight.
Taking the lead on the turn for home, Willie Mullins' charge pulled away to score by seven and a half lengths from Western Leader, who made an encouraging reappearance after 631 days off the track.
Mullins said: "We'll probably have to go up in grade after that. It's unlikely we'll find another opportunity like that.
"It has been a chance to get his confidence back and hopefully he will keep improving . He got a bit lazy when he hit the front."
Western Leader's trainer John 'Shark' Hanlon was delighted with his horse's performance.
He said: "I'm thrilled with Western Leader. He really enjoyed himself and has come back with his ears pricked.
"I thought it was a great performance having been off the track for so long and the winner is a fair horse.
"I'd say he will improve a lot for that."