The six-year-old was the hot favourite to provide trainer Willie Mullins with a 10th Champion Bumper success at the Cheltenham Festival last season following successive wins in that sphere, but was unable to resist the late surge of stable companion Ferny Hollow.
With Ferny Hollow having made a successful switch to the jumping game at Gowran Park on Friday, Appreciate It was 1-12 to emulate him in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle under Paul Townend.
The son of Jeremy jumped smartly throughout, and while 50-1 shot Master Mcshee gave him a lead into the home straight and did his best to make a race of it, Appreciate It pulled two and a half lengths clear on the run-in with the minimum of fuss.
“I’m very happy and he jumped brilliantly the whole way and picked up well from the back of the last,” said Townend.
“He is deadly to jump and had a lot of it done (for previous trainer Pat Doyle) before we went jumping him.
“Over two miles you couldn’t be happier with him and he’ll have no problem going further.”
Betfair make Appreciate It 12-1 for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.