Three Wise Men, ridden by Noel Fehily, jumps the last to win the Cusacks Hotel Maiden Hurdle
Three Wise Men defied a lengthy absence to make a successful debut under Rules in the Cusack Hotels Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
It is over two years since the Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old finished third in a Tyrella point-to-point and he was a 20-1 shot for his long-awaited return.
Yaha Fizz quickly opened up a big lead and looked to have his rivals on the stretch rounding the home turn, but he was eventually reeled in, with Crown Of Gold and Three Wise Men moving to the front.
The pair jumped the last almost as one, but it was Three Wise Men who came home the stronger in the hands of Noel Fehily to score by three and three-quarter lengths.
Art Of Synergy finished with a wet sail to fill the runner-up spot, with Tayto Park just beating Crown Of Gold to third.
De Bromhead said: "That's our first runner for the Mee family (owners) and he looks a nice horse.
"I thought that he might need the run and Noel said he's still a bit green.
"He jumps hurdles like a fence. Hopefully he'll be a nice chaser in time."
Dollar And A Dream got back on the winning trail in the Gleesons Butchers Novice Handicap Hurdle.
A winner at the Galway Festival last summer, Tony Martin's charge has since run with credit in decent races at Listowel, Cheltenham and Leopardstown.
Sent off a 4-1 for his latest assignment, the seven-year-old was always travelling strongly in the hands of Paul Townend and moved sweetly towards the front in the home straight.
The Brock Inn emerged as a serious threat on the run to the final flight, but Dollar And A Dream jumped it in front and found enough on the run-in to hold him at bay by three-quarters of a length.
Pakman and Ardview Boy filled out the places.
"All went to plan and fortune was on our side today. Sometimes it goes the other way," said Martin.
"He is what he is – a 109-rated handicapper.
"We'll see how he comes out of this. He could go to Punchestown."