Good Thyne Tara was an emphatic all-the-way winner of the Pat Walsh Memorial Irish EBF Mares Hurdle to spark a Listed double for Willie Mullins at Gowran.
Mullins’ Yukon Lil later closed the card by taking the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mucklemeg Mares Flat Race.
Good Thyne Tara was sent off at 4-7, on the back of two wins already this season and an honourable sixth in the Galway Hurdle.
The six-year-old had plenty in hand of Friday’s rivals on the book, and so it proved on the track too as Paul Townend kept things simple from the front and eased to a four-and-a-half-length victory ahead of Gordon Elliott’s much-improved Make My Heart Fly.
Townend was heartened that Good Thyne Tara was able to make the most of this slightly longer trip.
“She ran a cracker in the Galway Hurdle, and the extra few furlongs suited her today,” he said.
“It was probably a bit sharp for her in Galway. She was still there at the last – which she missed a bit – and that probably cost her a place or two (there).”
Mullins was winning the race for the fourth year in succession and Yukon Lil made it back-to-back victories in the last for him too.
The well-backed 2-1 joint-favourite, one of three in the race for the champion trainer, was bouncing back from an odds-on defeat at Killarney.
She went clear in the straight and held on well under Richie Deegan to win by half a length from Elusive Belle in the colours of Sue Magnier.
Jessica Harrington’s Hyperdrive had earlier floored Mullins’ hot favourite Panther Soul in the opening Paulstown Maiden Hurdle.
Runner-up Panther Soul, backed into evens, did not jump well enough – and Hyperdrive took advantage, on his fourth attempt over hurdles, for a comfortable three-and-a-half-length win at 4-1 under Robbie Power.
The winning trainer said: “His experience stood to him today, and he jumped well.
“He’s owned by Vimal Khosla, who had the yearling (full-sister to Forever Together) that made 3.2million euros during the week.
“It’s the first time he’s ever had a jumper, I think.”
A second short-priced favourite was turned over in the Racing Again Tomorrow Maiden Hurdle.
Joseph O’Brien’s stable debutant Jack Dillinger set out to make all at 4-5, but was collared after the last as Roger Loughran drove Peter Fahey’s 4-1 shot Vocarium to a three-quarters-of-a-length victory.
Fahey had extra reason to smile after delivering in the presence of one of his most exacting supporters – his mum Maureen.
“(She) hasn’t been racing in about 10 years, (but) she came today,” said the trainer.
“She loves her racing, she puts more pressure on me than any of the owners in the yard.
“She told Roger he had no instructions – only to go out and win. He carried them out perfectly!”
Pegi Browne decisively broke her duck by four lengths at 8-1 in the Oss Company Handicap Hurdle, giving both trainer Michael O’Callagan and amateur jockey Ian Queally a first success in this discipline.
Evergreen 11-year-old The King of Brega got up in the last strides to beat Eight Till Late by a head in the McDonalds Kilkenny Handicap Hurdle, with jockey Dylan Robinson and trainer Henry De Bromhead striking at 11-1.
Townend then completed a double when 7-2 favourite Padraic O Conaire took the Bring My Bike Handicap Hurdle by half a length for Yvonne Dunleavy.