Abacadabras made amends for crashing at Cheltenham taking the freshman honors in the Betway Aintree Hurdle over Liverpool.
The seven-year-old girl coached by Denise Foster came out on the third flight of the Champion Hurdle – but bounced back to strike Jack Kennedy’s hands.
Abacadabras (5-1) had loose Jason The Militant for company in the final stages and continued to hold Buzz a length and a quarter, with Millers Bank two and a quarter lengths in third and Air Drinker fourth.
The latter was in the lead when Jason The Militant, who knocked down Rachael Blackmore after jumping the seventh flight, ran into him on the second to last.
Kennedy said: “I got on him too early, but the cowardly horse (Jason The Militant) really helped keep him interested.
“Two and a half miles over there, patiently rode, it fit him really well – and he jumped really well.
“I’m thrilled for the whole team at home, Cullentra – they’re one of the best teams in the race and they work really hard, so it’s great to reward them with winners like this.
“He jumps like a real hedge – I guess he could jump a fence too.”
Reflecting on his previous loss on Tiger Roll, Kennedy added, “I was happy on the first two barriers – and then I couldn’t go any faster after that.
“He was definitely upgraded – but he’s home safe and sound, which is the main thing.”