Watch House Cross survived an mid-race scare to open his account over fences in the Poolcourt Novice Chase at Wexford.
Henry de Bromhead's charge jumped well early, as he tracked front-runner Uncle Phil until taking a chance at the fifth fence.
The Libertarian gelding travelled well to hit the front turning for home, under Darragh O'Keeffe, in the two-miler but made a slight error at the second last.
He was better over the final fence and the 11/4 shot was always holding 13/8 favourite Senecia in the closing stages as he recorded a three-and-three-quarter length win.
O'Keeffe said: "He was very good bar that one mistake. I schooled him Thursday morning in Henry's and I was looking forward to riding him today.
“Over the first few fences he was very good. Going down to the one he made a mistake at there was no stride and he guessed a little bit at it. At a fence up the top he had a similar stride but was much cleverer at it.