Grand Roi recorded a second year success for Gordon Elliott on his second start to the yard in the Grant Thornton Hurdle in Limerick.
After Great King won three times for Nicky Henderson in the UK, Noel and Valerie Moran paid him £ 400,000 to the Goffs Summer Sale.
He was a good third of four on his debut for his new yard in Galway behind the clever Beacon Edge – and Elliott found the perfect race for him on this occasion, against last season’s juveniles.
Prominent throughout Denis O’Regan, Grand Roi propelled into the finals to beat Wolf Prince by eight lengths at 6-1.
“His jump was superb on this ground. He traveled beautifully and has the makings of a very nice horse for a four year old,” said O’Regan.
“I felt he was running better than the form suggested in Galway on two-five – and coming back two miles here we could get him out and use his jump.
“It obviously took a little while to get used to Gordon Elliott’s stable, and he appears to be a beautiful horse.”