AT the end of a varied and highly successful 12 months, the versatile Cape Gentleman opened up a new avenue of attack with a commanding debut success over fences in the beginners’ chase over an extended two miles.

Much of the focus for this four-runner affair rested on last season’s Grade 1-winning novice hurdler Ballyadam, but the odds-on favourite crashed out at the first and happily both he and Darragh O’Keeffe were able to walk away from that incident.