Irving staked a serious claim for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle when taking the Kennel Gate Novices' Hurdle at Ascot.
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Maintaining his unbeaten record over timber, the Paul Nicholls-trained winner had taken control of the contest on the run to the last only to be left with a clear advantage under Nick Scholfield when the pursuing Prince Siegfried crashed out.
That left favourite Volnay De Thaix, who had been outpaced when the sprint developed turning for home, to rally and just pip Splash Of Ginge for second place - albeit six lengths adrift of the eased-down winner.
Sky Bet responded by cutting the winner's odds from 20/1 to 14/1 for the Supreme, with spokesman Michael Shinners commenting: "Irving jumped well and quickened clear of a very useful field. He has a very nice turn of foot and looks a serious player in next year's Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle."
Nicholls said: "He's four from six on the Flat and he's three from three over jumps, so he's obviously got a heap of ability.
"When Nick first sat on him, he said 'he's like concorde' and when he got off today he said 'he's still concorde'.
"His ultimate aim is the Supreme, and I might look at the Tolworth in three weeks' time as it's a Grade One and he'd have a break after that."