Smart performance from Lake on racecourse bow
When trained by Marie Harding, he was carried out when looking set to score on his sole point-to-point start at Ballindenisk last December.
Subsequently sold for 200,000 pounds and making his debut for Henry de Bromhead and Robcour this afternoon, the Sholokhov gelding was sent off a 5/2 chance.
Always toward the head of affairs and in a definite lead from five out, he wasn't fluent at the second last.
The chestnut victor got a flier at the final flight though and was ridden clear on the run-in, going to score by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
"He's a fine horse and has been working well," de Bromhead revealed.
"He looked like he'd win his point-to-point when he got carried out and in fairness Robert Acheson identified him.
"He's green but is a grand horse and stays well. We'll keep finding out about him and I'm delighted that he's won there."
Paddy Power go 25/1 (first show) about the winner for the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham in March.