Dounikos, a faller in the recent Thyestes Chase, came back to his best form with a power-packed finish to land the BoyleSports Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown.
Sixteen lined-up for this three-mile, 4 ½ furlong contest.
The field sprinted from the tapes and it was Wishmoor who led from Dinnie’s Vinnie and Dounikos.
Racing down the back, there was little change up front, with General Principle also close to the early pace and Wishmoor and Andrew Ring taking them along.
Wishmoor continued to lead, with Orion D’Aubrelle moving second and then Dounikos and Dinnie’s Vinnie, as the field turned into the home straight.
At the fence in front of the stands, Arkwrisht unseated Rachael Blackmore and the remaining fifteen set off on their final circuit, while Space Cadet was pulled up.
Wishmoor meanwhile, moved two lengths clear of Dinnie’s Vinnie and extended his advantage racing down the back, with Dounikos trying to give chase.
At the last down the back, Wishmoor was hampered by the loose horse and fought for his head, giving up his advantage.
Wishmoor still led though and took three out with Dinnie’s Vinnie, General Principle and Fitzhenry, with Dounikos, Some Neck and Solomn Grundy next.
Turning for home, Wishmoor was chased by General Principle and then came Dounikos.
At the last, General Principle came to join the leader, but the pair were trumped by Dounikos and Davy Russell, who suddenly sprouted wings.
Dounikos stormed clear on the flat to win going away from Wishmoor, who battled back for second, ahead of General Principle and Fitzhenry.
The result gave Gordon Elliott another big race success, with Gigginstown horses filling the first three places.