Sizing Europe rules at Leopardstown
Sizing Europe, trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Andrew Lynch, won the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown.
De Bromhead said: "That was great, we're very lucky to have him, he makes training a lot easier.
"You wouldn't really want him to be taking a hold like he did there over two miles (but) he loves this game, he just loves it.
"I'm very relieved as when you are 1-3 (favourite), second is disappointing.
"It's great to win that race now and we'll work on from there to Cheltenham. I don't know what we are going to do yet.
"He could possibly be entered in the three big chases (Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Ryanair) at Cheltenham.
"For me he's looking far more like a stayer this year so we'll see, it's all a long way away yet. We'll try to get him there first."
Lynch said: "Sizing Europe has been a very good horse to me. He was very fresh in the race early on and was running a bit keen.
"Rubi Light was jumping great alongside us and both of them are in fact very good horses to jump.
"He started to idle a bit out in front on his own but at least he won. He felt the ground very dead, he's way better on good ground but he got away with it today. He stays well, he did it well."
Stan James and Paddy Power left Sizing Europe unchanged at 7-1 for the Queen Mother.