Richard Johnson tasted victory on his first ride back from a short spell on the sidelines when steering Look My Way to glory in the Best Wishes For 2018 Juvenile Hurdle at Ludlow.
The dual champion jockey had been out of action since Boxing Day, after suffering concussion following a tumble from the Kerry Lee-trained Grey Gold.
Despite hanging late on, the John Quinn-trained three-year-old quickened away readily to defeat Nigh Or Never by 10 lengths in the two-mile contest.
Johnson said of the 1-6 winner: "Ideally he would prefer to go left-handed, but the conditions are tough, especially for juveniles. It's very soft.
"He jumped nicely and probably when he got in front on his own he was a bit lonely. He got the job done and it is obviously nice to back with a winner.
"It's good to be back, and it is lovely to have a winner for Mr Quinn. Hopefully here is to a nice new year."
Kerry Lee warmed up for what could be a big weekend as Tree Of Liberty shone on his debut for the stable.
The six-year-old wasted no time in getting off the mark over fences for Lee, who will be represented in the Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on Saturday by Alfie Spinner and Bishops Road, when running out a 10-length winner of the Ludlow Club Chase.
Lee said of the 9-2 victor: "I got him back in the summer and I've always really liked him.
"When I got him and got some work into him and schooled him, he is an absolute natural chaser.
"This was his first run on soft ground. I was a little bit concerned, as the worst he had run on was good."