Pat Fahy has already set his sights on a trip to the Cheltenham Festival in March with Awayinthewest following her triumph in the Deacy Gilligan Irish EBF Mares Hurdle at Galway.
The six-year-old looked to be up against it with three runners hailing from Willie Mullins’ yard, including 6-4 favourite Calie Du Mesnil.
However, Awayinthewest (5-1) proved half a length too good for another Mullins runner in Pleasure Dome, with Fahy identifying the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, a race in which his charge finished sixth in 2017, as a long-range aim.
He said: “She arrived in really great form and this proves how consistent she is.
“There were a small numbers in the race and you have to go for those type of races. Any day you beat three of Willie’s is not a bad day I suppose!
“I’m going to go for that (Grade Three) mares’ novice hurdle in Down Royal in November and then aim her back for the mares’ novices’ hurdle at Cheltenham in March, where her experience will help. That’s a little plan at the moment.”