The trainer's son and assistant, James Griffin, said: "He was recommended by Mike Greaney and he was right - he told me he'd be a nice horse when he goes over fences. He got a very bad cut before Christmas and it has actually stood to him as he improved physically.
"It wasn't a surprise he won, I ride him out every day and he had been working savage lately with the application of ear-plugs. He is very keen and will get 2m4f when he learns to settle.
"His owners Douglas Pryde and David Van Der Hoeven both owned Aurora's Encore and have been so loyal and have stuck by us through thick and thin. They buy anything I recommend sight-unseen and without them I wouldn't be training.
"There is only Dad and I riding out and Adam (Short) rides out at weekends and has been with us for five years."
He added: "If it wasn't for Brexit, this horse would have gone over to run in the UK but we can't afford to pay €1,000 per horse to go, between customs and VAT, when previously it would have cost €300 on a shared trip.
"The chase programme book in Ireland is diabolical but he'll keep going now as he wants nice ground."