Winters' day at Tipperary
Moon Prince will be on his travels next week after completing a Tipperary double for popular trainer Mick Winters.
One of the reserves for the @TipperaryRaces On Twitter Handicap Hurdle before some non-runners were announced, the 7-2 favourite had only recently returned from nearly three years on the sidelines when a well-backed third at Ballinrobe and needed all of Bryan Cooper's help to hold Back To Drumdeel by a short head.
"He might have hit a flat spot at Ballinrobe," said Winters.
"We thought it would have been a fairytale win coming three years after Bryan and him had looked likely to win in Listowel (before falling).
"He was exercising this morning and we got a call to say that he was getting in. He was fine and fresh coming racing, though.
"He damaged the back of his knee and that's why he was off for so long. He also had leg trouble on top of that."
Moon Prince will now join stable star Rebel Fitz, who runs at Cheltenham's Open meeting on Friday week, on his trip to England.
Winters said: "He's entered in Wincanton and he'll go as a travelling companion with Rebel Fitz. He'll run the day before Rebel Fitz."
Pierce Gallagher had earlier helped stablemate Jansboy justify 11-4 favouritism in the Join Tipperary Supporters Club 2014 Maiden Hurdle.
Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins were also twice on the mark, starting when French recruit Arctic Fire (13-8 favourite) made a very smooth winning Irish debut in the opening Follow Tipperary Races On Facebook Maiden Hurdle.
There was a sad note when Santarius, trained by Mullins' brother, Tony, suffered a fatal injury at the third flight.
Walsh said: "He goes well and he jumped well. It was unfortunate what happened to Santarius and it was a pity that they didn't get to see how good he was."
Fair hurdler Darroun (7-4 favourite) needed reminders but eventually took the www.tipperaryraces.ie Beginners Chase by 20 lengths.
"He jumped a lot better - the bit of drier ground and the flatter track helped him," said Walsh.