Some Neck got up in a thrilling finish, to land the Grade Two Liam & Valerie Brennan Memorial Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown.

Six lined-up for this 2 ¾ mile contest, remembering one of the great Irish chasers of the last quarter of a century.

As the race got underway, it was the Gigginstown pair of Nick Lost and Blow By Blow who set off in front, with Cubomania close-up.

The white face of Nick Lost moved into a clear lead from Cheltenham Festival winner Blow By Blow, with Some Neck and Cubomania not far behind, as they passed the post, with a circuit to race.

Nick Lost continued to lead and at the sixth fence, Blow By Blow jumped deliberately, losing ground.

Making the long run to the fourth from home, Nick Lost led Some Neck, with Blow By Blow third and then Cubomania, Orion D’Aubrelle and Cap D’Aubois.

Approaching the fence, Blow By Blow regained second and came to join Nick Lost. At the back of the field, Orion D’Anbrelle jumped awkwardly and pulled up.

Turning for home, Blow By Blow pressed on and took two out ahead of Some Neck who made an error.

But Blow By Blow hadn’t put the race to bed and Some Neck gained momentum on the flat for David Mullins.

Blow By Blow fought back and it got tight at the line, but Some Neck just held on, with the pair clear of Nick Lost, to give Willie Mullins, trainer of Florida Pearl, a good start to the afternoon.