Great Oak was a fortuitous winner of the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Lombardstown Mares Novice Chase at Cork.
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Odds-on favourite Tarla (4-11) had taken it up five out under Ruby Walsh but spectacularly crashed out at the last, as did her closest pursuer Cnoc Seoda, who was a couple of lengths down at the time.
All that left Great Oak (14-) in splendid isolation to claim the Grade Three prize, with Our Girl Lucy second.
Winning trainer John Nicholson said: "They are there to be jumped. I would have been happy with third, but Christmas came early.
"I didn't enter her over Christmas as there aren't a lot of races for her. Today was the plan."