The Tullow Tank made an impressive return from a lengthy lay-off as he claimed the Fairyhouse Membership 2015 On Sale Now Beginners Chase on his fencing bow at Fairyhouse.
A dual Grade One winner over hurdles last term, he had not run since being edged out by subsequent Cheltenham and Punchestown scorer Vautour at Leopardstown back in February.
Owner Barry Connell opted not to run the six-year-old at Cheltenham in March as former trainer Philip Fenton faced court action over the alleged possession of illegal animal remedies, and he has now switched to the care of Dessie Hughes.
Partnered for the first time by Connell's new retained rider Adrian Heskin, The Tullow Tank turned in a flawless round of jumping, sitting on the heels of early leader Azorian before beginning to assert after jumping the third-last.
The 4-7 favourite firmly stamped his authority on the contest running to the penultimate fence and Heskin just had to keep him up to his work to see off the useful Mala Beach, with Azorian in third as the leading trio outclassed the four other runners.
Paddy Power immediately offered 6-1 from 10s about The Tullow Tank for next year's JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.