Beautifully handled by the promising Shane Crimin, the winner was allowed stride on heading out into the country for the final time.
He threw some mighty leaps on that last circuit and had the measure of Norther Bay, about a length down, when that one fell at the final fence.
“His jumping won it, he has no real turn of foot,” reported McKiernan. “Shane gave him a lovely ride, he was very confident and they work well together. We will keep going with him, he likes good ground.”
Crimin, 20, from Terenure, Co Dublin, was enjoying his sixth success.
Michael Winters’ Missunited was easy to back in the Kingdom Mares’ Maiden Hurdle, as the money came for eventual favourite, Top Madam.
But on the track it was no contest, with Missunited making most of the running and easing clear from the last to beat Top Madam by four lengths.
Said Winters: “It was her ability which carried her though. She was only fourth in a schooling hurdle at Limerick three weeks ago and wasn’t right.
“I’m delighted, Bryan (Cooper) gave her a great ride, and she will run away in the meantime, but will be aimed at a mares’ novice hurdle here in September.”
Tony Martin’s Victrix Gale followed her success over fences at Limerick by taking the John J Galvin Handicap Hurdle.
Caim Hill was in front before the home turn, but was awkward over the final flight and Victrix Gale quickly took her measure in the hands of Paul Townend.
She is owned by the five-member Badgers’ Syndicate, four of whom are from Tralee and the other from Skibbereen.
Colin Bowe’s Glibin, got off the mark over fences with a decent effort in the John B Keane Mares’ Beginners Chase.
There were three in line heading to the final fence, but Andrew McNamara drove Glibin ahead on landing and she stayed on to beat Jacksonslady and Magical Mother.
Said McNamara: “She was so well schooled coming from that yard, her jumping won it for her.”
The unlucky horse of the race was Sugar Bullet, who was holding every chance when falling two from home.
Brian Hamilton sent Warne on the long journey from Co Down to Listowel and the trip was more then worthwhile, with the eight-year-old running out a ready winner.
Partnered with confidence by Declan Lavery, Warne cruised to the front going to the second last to easily beat Ballyhampshire Man.
Backed from 11-2 to 4-1 on track, Warne had been available in a place at 14-1 in the morning.
In the Well, trained by Audra Busteed at Monkstown, Co Cork, powered through for John Thomas McNamara to beat the free-running Whats Happening and Chiltern Hills in the Bumper.
She was represented by her husband, Tom, who said: “He’s been working very impressively and I had a few quid on in the morning at 33-1.”
Edward O’Grady continued his good form when Parthian Empire popped up at 20-1 in the Harvest Festival 16th-22nd September Handicap Hurdle.
In a really moderate contest, he forged ahead early in the straight for Shane Hassett to easily beat Milano Bay by two lengths.