Dortmund Park splashed his way through the saturated ground to run out a comfortable winner of the W.T. O’Grady Memorial Irish EBF Novice Hurdle at Thurles.
Davy Russell brought the Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old to jump into the lead at the second-last flight, after Beyond The Law had made the running.
He went on to score by 16 lengths from Burrows Saint, with Discorama two lengths further away in third.
Elliott said: “I said before the race, I couldn’t believe what price he was and he’s a nice horse.”
Regarding being a contender for the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival, he added: “There are plenty of races to be won in Ireland and we can’t send them all to Cheltenham, but we’ll see.
“He could be as he is a smart horse and wouldn’t be out of place in a Graded race. I think a bit of him and coming here today the ground was actually a worry for him.”