It’s his fourth season chasing and the third occasion he has actually contested this particular race.
Ridden on the pace throughout by Andrew Lynch, Sizing Australia began the long surge for home early on the final circuit.
Well-backed Your Busy ranged up as a major threat in the straight, but the winner found plenty for pressure and was three parts of a length to the good at the line.
Commented trainer, Henry de Bromhead: “He gave us great fun in cross-country races last season and will run in another one at the Cheltenham November meeting.”
Dessie Hughes’ Erritt Lake made a good start to the campaign when taking the Welcome Home Liam McCarthy Beginners Chase.
Always on the pace, he was set alight after five out by Paddy Flood, edging into a decent lead.
But he guessed three from home and appeared beaten when quickly headed by Loup Du Saubouas.
Erritt Lake, however, was soon back on terms and proved much the stronger from the final fence.
Reported Hughes: “He’s a second season novice and showed it there. He’s done well and, on pedigree, wants three miles.”
Both Aitmatov and Askanna were absentees from the Cat Busters Hurdle and that left Silverhand to go off a very warm favourite.
He did his job in smooth style, prompting trainer, Noel Meade, to quip: “That was just the way it was supposed to happen.”
Killyglen made a brave attempt against the hot-pot, but Silverhand had too much class and was in total control on the run in.
Continued Meade: “He could go for a handicap in England, but won’t run on heavy ground.”
Adrian McGuinness’ Fearless Falcon, well beaten at Kelso previously, battled on strongly for Keith Donoghue to win the Kens Kings U.21 Champs of 2010 three-year-old Maiden Hurdle.
He returned with a cut, after getting kicked at the start, but showed no ill effects, as he held off the persistent Total Reality.
Said McGuinness: “He could now go to the sales at Doncaster, or else for a Listed race at Wetherby.”
Commandment, down the field in a handicap at Cork on Sunday, made a winning reappearance in the Premier County Maiden Hurdle.
He made every yard of the running for Philip Enright and was always holding Fairwood Massini in the closing stages.
Trainer, Robert Tyner, said: “The first time blinkers did the trick. Philip gave him a great ride, he got a grand breather into the horse turning in.”
Another to benefit from blinkers was Chairmanforlife, far from neglected in the market, in the Home Of Hurling Handicap Hurdle.
He had just about taken the measure of Arguidos, when that one fell at the last, and then eased six lengths clear for Mark Walsh.
For trainer, James Motherway, it was a first success since Bluesea Cracker landed the Irish National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.
“He’s a great old warrior and Mark said was a different horse with the blinkers”, remarked Motherway.
The Eoin Doyle-trained For A Finish shrugged off top weight to easily win the Cross Of Cashel Cup Winners 2010 Handicap Chase.
Ridden out the back for much of the journey by Alain Cawley, he jumped into the lead three out to beat Qualviro by four and a half lengths.