Ornua recorded his third win from just five starts over fences with an assured display in the Ballymore Irish EBF Novice Chase at Roscommon.
With a total prize fund of 40,000 euro up for grabs, the Grade Three contest was the centre-piece of an eight-race card, and a field of nine went to post.
Following victories at Wexford and Newton Abbot, the Henry de Bromhead-trained Ornua was narrowly beaten by Rashaan in a Grade Three at the Galway Festival – and he was a 3-1 shot to rediscover the winning trail under Dylan Robinson.
Cadmium, a winner at the Punchestown Festival in the spring, was a disappointing fifth in the same Galway event and was the 6-4 favourite here to bounce back to form.
Dawn In The Park made much of the running before Ornua took over, racing down the back straight.
Cadmium followed him through and was almost upsides jumping the third fence from the finish.
However, Ornua always looked to be getting the better of the argument from there on in and passed the post three and three-quarter lengths to the good.
De Bromhead, who also saddled the third home Classic Theatre, said: “I was surprised by the change of tactics – but fair play to Dylan, the plans changed, and he gave him a brilliant ride. He took it up at the right time and he was good in the end.
“He’s always been a nice horse, and I’m delighted for John (Phelan, owner) who has come over from England, and also that Classic Theatre has got black type for finishing third – a good result all round.
“There is a two-mile-two-furlong Grade Three (Buck House Novice Chase) in Punchestown in a few weeks, so we’ll look at that. There has been no black type two-mile novice since Galway, and now there is two in two weeks, but we’re not complaining – because we’ve won one.
“He’s been busy but had a little break after Galway. We’ll keep going and see what level we can get to.
“He might go to Cheltenham, because John is in England.”