Smart handicap hurdler Modus got off to the perfect start over fences in the Equine Lens Novices' Chase at Bangor.
Trained by Paul Nicholls for JP McManus, the seven-year-old won the Lanzarote Hurdle last season and was sixth in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham in March, before finishing the campaign with fifth place in the Select Hurdle at Sandown.
Barry Geraghty's mount faced just two rivals in the extended two-and-a-half-mile contest, landing just in front of Midnight Target after the last and striding nicely clear for a five-length success.
His rider told Racing UK: "He relaxed and jumped well, he wore the hood mainly to help him in the preliminaries. Today was the most professional he's been, he settled in the preliminaries.
"He was a highly-rated hurdler, he just fell short of the top level but hopefully he can improve over fences."