Red Jack stretched his unbeaten record to three when making a successful start to his jumping career in the Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle at Naas.
Impressive in a couple of bumpers before being turned out for his summer holiday by Noel Meade, the 1-3 favourite was never too far from the pace and quickened to dispute the lead with Judgement Day after three out.
He didn't exactly stride away under a double handful, with Stooshie throwing down some semblance of a challenge, but Mark Walsh never looked too worried on Red Jack, who stayed on to score by three and a half lengths.
Meade said: "Mark said they went slow and it turned into a bit of a sprint, which is probably not up his alley. He'd prefer a good gallop.
"His jumping was adequate and he probably needed it a bit but it's nice to get off to a winning start.
"He's entered in the Royal Bond (Fairyhouse, December 3), but we'll have to see."