Abacadabras made amends for crashing out at Cheltenham when taking Grade One honours in the Betway Aintree Hurdle on the Liverpool course.
The Denise Foster-trained seven-year-old exited on the third flight in the Champion Hurdle – however bounced again to strike in the palms of Jack Kennedy.
Abacadabras (5-1) had the free Jason The Militant for firm in the closing levels and stored on strongly to carry Buzz by a size and 1 / 4, with Millers Bank two and 1 / 4 lengths in third and Buveur D’Air fourth.
The latter was main when Jason The Militant, who unseated Rachael Blackmore after leaping the seventh flight, went throughout him on the second-last.
Kennedy mentioned: “I obtained there manner too quickly on him, however the free horse (Jason The Militant) actually helped me hold him .
“Two and a half miles there, ridden patiently, it suited him nice – and he jumped nice.
“I’m delighted for the entire workforce again at house, Cullentra – they’re among the finest groups in racing and so they work extraordinarily arduous, so it is sensible to reward them with winners like this.
“He jumps like a real hurdler – I suppose he might jump a fence as well.”
Reflecting on his earlier defeat on Tiger Roll, Kennedy added: “I was happy over the first two fences – and then I couldn’t go any faster after that.
“He was just actually outclassed – however he is house secure and sound, which is the primary factor.”