Hope are high that Stay Humble has a bright future over hurdles after he opened his account at the first time of asking at Sligo on Thursday.
Willie Mullins’ five-year-old, a bumper winner in June, was sent off the 1-8 favourite for a seven-runner maiden hurdle over three miles.
And he made no mistake in the hands of Ruby Walsh, who did not need to get too serious to record an eight-and-a-half-length victory in the Graham Wylie silks.
Walsh said: “We hope he’ll make a better hurdler than bumper horse, and he should do as he jumped well.”
Walsh and Mullins later doubled up on the Sligo card when Epswell also won on his hurdling bow.
The French import (4-9 favourite) kept on nicely in the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle and was very good value for his length-and-three-quarter defeat of Melly And Me.