The Aidan O’Brien-trained Edwulf won a very exciting Irish Gold Cup by a neck on Sunday.
An outsider, Edwulf went off at 33-1, ridden by Derek O’Connor just about held off Outlander in the final stages of the steeplechase.
It was a sentimental victory for the horse, as a fall at Cheltenham last year left veterinary practitioners working for an over an hour to save the life of the mare.
O’Brien, 24, has refused to rule out a return to Cheltenham for Edwulf, where he would compete in the Gold Cup.
The nine-year-old horse capitalised off a fall by well-placed Killultagh Vic, which left jockey Paul Townend requiring multiple scans on an injured ankle.
Of his victorious horse, O’Brien said:
It’s been a long road to get him back from where he was at Cheltenham when we thought he was gone
He ran himself into the ground for me at Cheltenham and we thought his career was over but he’s after coming back to his best