Sidelined for the day after the earlier fall of Sir Des Champs in the feature contest, Davy Russell missed the winning ride on Bright New Dawn in the Setanta Sports 1Euro Offer Beginners Chase at Punchestown.
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Instead, it was Bryan Cooper who made the most of the opportunity on the Dessie Hughes-trained six-year-old, who making his debut over bigger obstacles.
Bright New Dawn made all the running but the 5/4 favourite had to fight off the Willie Mullins representative Dogora.
The four-year-old, receiving 12lb, put in a strong bid after the last but Bright New Dawn was always just holding him on the dash to the line as he prevailed by half a length.
In victory, he was cut from 20/1 to 16/1 by Sky Bet for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival next March.
Cooper told At The Races: "We've always held him in high regard and chasing was always going to be his game.
"He had to work hard for it, but I would have been happier if Ruby (on Dogora) had come to me going to the last. I could have done with a bit of company. He was idling, but got the job done.
"My lad in a proper true-run race is when you will see the best of him. It was his first run of the season. He was only a length and three-quarters behind Champagne Fever on hurdles form and on that evidence he has held his ability so we can go down that route."
Hughes added: "He always looked like he'd make a chaser but it's nice to see it happen. He's in the three-mile Grade One (Topaz Novice Chase) at Christmas, and more than likely that's where he'll go.
"Hopefully he'll go on from that and it was a good first run over fences. The second horse had already run and we were giving him 12lb. He jumped well."