Willie Mullins' Killultagh Vic beat Golantilla by 16 lengths at Naas to advertise his claims for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper.
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Tony Martin's charge was sent off the 4/6 favourite on his seasonal reappearance after finishing third in last year's Champion Bumper.
Running in the event twice is highly unusual but he's been well backed for the race in recent weeks following reports of fine homework.
That was replicated in the betting for Sunday's race but he could never get to grips with Killultagh Vic who made all under Patrick Mullins in the Paddy Power We Pay Up To 1million On Winning Bets (Pro/Am) Flat Race.
Willie Mullins said: "I got a text from Ruby (Walsh) coming down off the stands saying he's another one for the boat. I think he's right.
"He's improving with every run and that was a terrific performance.
"After making the pace, which was pretty decent, he really quickened off it.
"He's better than I thought he was.
"The horse that won on Saturday at Fairyhouse (Westhorpe) will have to go to Cheltenham as well, so it looks like we have four at the moment."
The trainer's son Patrick, who again confirmed his intention to ride Black Hercules at Cheltenham, said of Killultagh Vic: "He picked up as well as anything I've ridden all year."
Golantilla's jockey, Robbie McNamara, was not too despondent.
He said: "He travelled really well for a mile and six (furlongs), but he just needed the run on that testing ground.
"He'll improve a hell of a lot from that."
The bookies pushed Golantilla out in the betting for the Champion Bumper, with Paddy Power and Stan James now 16/1 from single-figure prices.
Killultagh Vic was introduced into the betting at 7/1 by BetVictor, but Boylesports and Paddy Power are both offering 14s.
Black Hercules, Killultagh Vic's stablemate, was trimmed by many layers following the result and he remains the general 7/1 favourite.