Winter Escape put up a polished performance to win with some authority, in the Grade Three Total Event Rental Novice Chase at Punchestown.

Seven horses lined-up for this 2 ½ mile contest.

As the tapes went up, it was Jetz and Beyond The Law who led from Ben Dundee, as the septet all cleared the first OK.

Beyond The Law jumped his way to the front at the second, but Jetz joined him as they turned into the home straight for the first time, with Ben Dundee in third and then Winter Escape and A Plus Tard.

Beyond The Law pressed on into the three length lead, as the field headed out with a circuit to race.

The leader, under Andrew Ring, moved further clear as the field headed into the back straight, with Jetz still leading the chasing pack and then Ben Dundee and Gun Digger, while Poli Roi had lost touch.

Gradually the field reeled Beyond the Law back in, with Jetz coming to join his rival as they approached the third last, with Gun Digger third and then Ben Dundee, who was short of room, while A Plus Tard and Winter Escape were in touch.

Two from home, Jetz and A Plus Tard joined Beyond The Law, while Ben Dundee made a calamitous mistake which cost him any chance.

Into the home straight, A Plus Tard went on, with only Winter Escape for company.

Winter Escape hit the front ahead of the last fence and drew clear on the flat to win by a couple of lengths from Plus Tard, with a wide gap to Jetz, who was clear of Gun Digger.

The Aidan Howard trained Winter Escape, an eight year-old, had been a smart novice hurdler when trained by Alan King, three years ago.