Noel Meade expects Daly Tiger to go on to bigger and better things following his successful return to action at Punchestown.
The five-year-old won a Thurles bumper last November before finishing second to Real Steel on his hurdling debut at the same track.
He returned to the bumper sphere when third at Leopardstown over Christmas and made his first start since in the Betdaq Trading Tools Maiden Hurdle.
The 6-4 favourite was in front from an early stage under Sean Flanagan and knuckled down to see off Alighted by a length and a half, with Acronym rounding off a Gigginstown House Stud one-two-three.
Meade said: “He should improve a lot as he’s had an infection on the top of his wither and he had to do work without a jockey for quite a while.
“Sean said he jumped well and picked up well. We thought he was a nice horse last year. Hopefully he can go on from this and go somewhere decent.”
It turned out to be another successful afternoon for the Gigginstown team, with Michael O’Leary’s operation claiming four winners in all.
Mengli Khan (8-11 favourite) made a winning debut over fences for Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell in the Download The Betdaq App Beginners Chase, before Judgement Day (7-2) notched a fourth successive win in the Betdaq 2% Commission Rated Novice Chase in the hands of Rachael Blackmore.
Trainer Henry de Bromhead said: “For any horse to win four on the bounce is good going.
“He’s a good, tough horse. I couldn’t win with him over hurdles but he seems to have really improved for the fences.
“We’ve put him in the Paddy Power Chase and the three-mile novice chase at Leopardstown. I’d say we’ll aim for something there over Christmas.”
Elliott’s Battleoverdoyen brought up the four-timer in the bumper in the hands of Lisa O’Neill.
Elliott said of the even-money favourite: “He’s a big chaser and a horse for the future. We think he’s very smart.
“He’d a few niggly problems last year and we didn’t get to run him.
“He’s only a baby and we might go for that two-mile-three-furlong bumper in Naas.
“He’s not a horse that we’re going to do too much with this year. He jumps brilliant and he’s a gorgeous-looking horse.”
The Oliver McKiernan-trained Gallant John Joe was a 10-1 winner of the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle, with 5lb claimer Barry Browne the successful rider.
McKiernan said: “He’s a big horse and he’s strengthened up and grown over the summer
“The race probably cut up a bit, but I thought it was a decent enough performance. We’ll probably head for Leopardstown at Christmas, and I don’t think he’ll have a problem with three miles.”
Danny Mullins booted home a double, scoring aboard Billy Lanigan’s 14-1 chance Stucker Hill in the Betdaq ChangingfortheBettor Mares Handicap Hurdle and 5-1 shot Gunfire Reef in the Betdaq High Liquidity Handicap Chase.
The latter is trained by the jockey’s mother Mags Mullins, who said: “He’s a tricky auld devil. He didn’t know he was in a race and Danny gave him a lovely spin around.
“He’ll keep going in those type of races and as the ground gets softer he might improve.”