Salty Boy rewarded market support in the Tara Handicap Hurdle at Navan for Mags and Danny Mullins.
Sent off at 11-2 in the 20-runner field, he was produced to perfection by the trainer’s son.
As befitted such a competitive race there were still plenty in with chances at the second-last flight, with Golden Jewel emerging as a challenger after the pace-setting Squouateur began to weaken.
But it was Salty Boy who finished off strongest, beating Golden Jewel by half a length. Dromore Lad stayed on well into third, ahead of Walk To Freedom in fourth.
“He’s just so genuine and has improved again today. He never runs a bad race,” said Mags Mullins.
“We’ll wait and see how he comes out of this. He might have an entry for Christmas or it might come a bit soon. We’ll let him tell us.
“He stays well and you have to stay well here up the hill. He should be a nice chaser in time.”