Blow By Blow had to settle for third on his eagerly-awaited jumping bow in the Christmas Parties At Fairyhouse December 16th Maiden Hurdle.
Not seen since winning the Grade One bumper at the 2016 Punchestown Festival and having his first start for Gordon Elliott, he raced in second before going on before two out.
Fellow 2-1 co-favourite Mind's Eye was snapping at his heels, though, and his superior acceleration carried him to a half-length defeat of the other market leader Quick Grabim, withp>Blow By Blow a further length and three-quarters away.
Woods Well made a winning start to his fencing career in the Racing At Fairyhouse On New Years Day 2018 Beginners Chase.
A useful handicap hurdler last season, the Elliott-trained 2-1 shot took a while to get the better of game pacesetter The Barrowman, but his stamina came into play and he scored by five lengths.
Elliott followed up when 15-8 favourite Osco Mosco took the Fairyhouse Membership 2018 Now Available Mares Maiden Hurdle under Davy Russell, who was also completing a brace following Mind's Eye's triumph.
An Elliott treble was completed by Monkshood in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle.
The 4-5 favourite made most of the running to see off Minella Beau by seven lengths.
Blast Of Koeman made it second-time lucky over fences in the Book Winter Festival Tickets Online At fairyhouse.ie Rated Novice Chase.
Fourth at Cork on his debut over fences, the 3-1 joint-favourite built on that by quickening clear of long-time leader Robin Des Mana after the last to score by two and three-quarter lengths.
Once seeing off the threat of Tomcoole Lad at the second-last, Dinnie's Vinnie appeared to have the Sponsorship At Fairyhouse Enquire Today Handicap Chase in the bag but Erkindale Lady (14-1) finished with a real rattle and got up by a head.
Queeny won the Book Easter Festival Tickets Online At fairyhouse.ie Handicap Hurdle (Div 1), with Ali Bin Nayef taking the second division.