Debuchet got his career back on track with a stylish victory on his chasing debut at Fairyhouse.
Trained by Mags Mullins, the grey finished second to the ill-fated Fayonagh in the 2017 Champion Bumper at Cheltenham but failed to win in 11 outings over hurdles.
Sent off 2-1 favourite against seven others, Danny Mullins bounced the six-year-old out in front and never saw another rival, winning by four lengths in the Fairyhouse Winter Festival November 30th & December 1st Rated Novice Chase.
“You would have to be happy with that. He did it well and Danny gave him a lovely introduction into it,” said Mullins.
“Fingers crossed he’ll be all right as he’s been a bit tricky with mishaps and things. The team at home and the vets and Fethard clinic have all been a great help in getting him right.
“That might be his job. He was hitting the bar last year, but it’s hard to keep him right. We think we have him right now.
“He schooled around Clonmel. It was good to get that into him and he popped around there lovely.”
Later on the card Willie Mullins’ Unexcepted (11-8) made a winning debut for the Clossuton yard in the Christmas Parties @ Fairyhouse December 14th Maiden Hurdle.
Bought by JP McManus after just one run in France, Paddy Power gave him a 16-1 quote for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
Frank Berry, McManus’ racing manager, said of the half-brother to the smart Great Field: “He had a little setback in the spring and had the summer off, so it’s nice to see him back. Mark (Walsh) said he jumped very well and handled the ground.
“I don’t know the strength of the opposition, but he couldn’t have done it any better.
“He’s a nice big horse.”