Tofino Bay got the better of odds-on favourite Aupcharlie in the Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase at Naas.
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The field went a steady gallop for the majority of the three-mile Grade Two but there were only three in contention in the straight.
Hot favourite Aupcharlie appeared to be travelling all over the leader Tofino Bay and One Cool Shabra and even a slight mistake at the second last didn't appear to unnerve Andrew Lynch.
Lynch did shake the reins at his mount having jumped the last but he didn't find as much as his backers would have hoped and failed to edge past Tofino Bay despite coming under strong pressure.
It was a quickfire treble for winning jockey Davy Russell who had half a length to spare at the line over the favourite but Dessie Hughes' charge was not without support himself having been returned at 2/1.
Hughes said: "That was good. The ground is the key. Not too many horses love that but he does.
"The PJ Moriarty (at Leopardstown) is where he'll go now.
"That's two-miles-five and he needs it to keep raining as that trip would be short enough.
"This was a better option that the Thyestes (at Gowran on Thursday). He got his own way in a race like this and it was nice prize."
Stan James offer 33/1 about the chances of Tofino Bay in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree in April.