Guitar Pete ran out an easy winner of the Grade Two Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown after favourite Analifet was pulled up.
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The 9/2 second-favourite cruised up alongside eventual runner-up Clarcam (14/1) before the final flight and was nudged out for a comfortable success under Bryan Cooper.
His task was made easier when 3/10 favourite Analifet was pulled up after just three flights.
The well-fancied mare had pulled hard in the early stages and had established a lead when Davy Russell pulled her up.
Winning trainer Dessie Hughes said: "He is a smashing little horse. I brought him over to Cheltenham and he ran a cracker there on his last start.
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"He has a good, tough pedigree and he will go back to Cheltenham now, for either the Triumph or the Fred Winter, but he will probably have another run before then."
Analifet, previously the ante-post favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle, was taken back to the stable yard with a suspected pelvic injury, but Willie Mullins revealed her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.