Boston Bob got off the mark over fences at Navan at the first time of asking but it wasn't without a scare in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan.
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The seven-year-old was officially rated the highest novice hurdler in Ireland last season, and the bookmakers were taking no chances about Willie Mullins' gelding as they put him in at odds of 1/5 here.
However Andrew Lynch set out to make all aboard the Henry de Bromhead-trained You Must Know Me, and having built up a decent sized advantage as they turned for home, favourite backers could have been forgiven for having a few worries.
Ruby Walsh refused to panic in the saddle though, and having overhauled the leader before the last, Boston Bob kept on resolutely enough to keep the rallying You Must Know Me at bay by half-a-length.
Sky Bet were unimpressed though and eased him to 7/1 (from 6/1) for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.
Walsh said: "It was harder than I expected this morning, but not harder than I expected after I'd gone down to the start.
"It was heavy at Cheltenham yesterday but not as bad as that. I was delighted with the way he jumped as for my money he'd been a bit careful at home, but today he was brilliant.
"Three miles will probably bring out the best in him. We've always thought he was a hell of a good horse. He's had a good start, a good clear round and he's won."
Mullins added: "He made hard work of that and his jumping probably kept him in the race. He wasn't impressive anyway.
"We'll see how he comes out of the race, but he won't be going to Leopardstown (at Christmas). It might take him some time to get over that so we won't make any plans at the moment."