Berties Dream finished fourth on his fencing debut in the WB Gavin & Co EBF Beginners Chase at Galway.
The Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle hero jumped really well on his first start for 220 days, but he tired after the turn for home and was outmuscled by Gordon Elliott's Jessies Dream (3/1) along the punishing home straight.
Davy Condon's mount jumped with real panache and showed boundless vigour on the run-in to score rather tidily.
In what looked an informative renewal of the two-mile-six-furlong contest, Corskeagh Royale stayed on for second. Venalmar, fresh from a pleasing return from injury at Navan in September, came home third as the 7/4 favourite.
Bobby McNally, representing Elliott, said: "He is the best we have in the yard. He'll go for either the Grade One at Fairyhouse (the Drinmore) or to Cheltenham in November. He wasn't even half fit there and Davy said he was doing nothing in front."
Paul Gilligan said of Berties Dream: "We're more than happy with that. He was 80-85pc fit and not fully wound-up.
"He'll go for a three-mile novice at Cheltenham next. He just blew up after the last. It was a serious run."
Barry Geraghty rode a 63/1 double on the day courtesy of Got Attitude and Kaiser So Say. The JP McManus-owned Wise Old Owl looked to have the measure of Got Attitude in the Castlegar Handicap Steeplechase, but found little in the closing stages as Geraghty's mount rallied under a typically strong ride from the Meathman.
"My fella was really tough and stayed at it up the hill," Geraghty said afterwards about the Jessica Harrington-trained gelding.
The five-year-old Kaiser So Say ran out a comfortable winner in the John Mulholland Bookmakers Handicap Hurdle and winning owner Bernard Heffernan -- assistant to his father Andrew, who trains the horse -- said: "We're delighted with him. He will stay three miles in time and he is still only a baby. He'll have a break now as he has had a long hard season."
Noel Meade was also in double form at the track. Donna's Palm, ridden by Nina Carberry, recorded the ninth victory of his career in the www.swordsecurity.com QR race, while 1/2 favourite Prima Vista took the honours in the Corrib Food Products Maiden Hurdle under Paul Carberry.