Stormy Eire capped a high-quality festive interval for Willie and Danny Mullins when profitable the Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Lower than every week after combining to land the King George VI Chase with outsider Twister Flyer, they returned to plunder one other large prize.
The diminutive mare had solely run as soon as this season when proving a disappointment behind Honeysuckle within the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
Nevertheless, she was again to her terrier-like finest on this event with an all-the-way success.
In her youthful days, she had a behavior of tearing off in entrance and it was a case of seeing if she may dangle on, however as of late she is much extra tractable.
By no means greater than 5 lengths clear, she regarded a sitting duck turning into the straight as Brewin’upastorm and McFabulous loomed up, with Guard Your Desires and Dans Le Vent additionally on the premises.
Mullins had stored a bit up his sleeve, nevertheless, and kicked once more, seeing off every little thing bar the favorite Brewin’upastorm.
Aidan Coleman gave the impression to be travelling marginally the higher on the run to the ultimate flight however he met all of it mistaken and got here down, simply as he had two years in the past when wanting set to win a Grade Two novice hurdle on the monitor.
That left Stormy Eire (4/1) clear to beat Paul Nicholls’ McFabulous by two-and-a-half lengths.
Danny Mullins mentioned: “I am delighted to have an affiliation with this horse all as a result of Paul (Townend) had a date with Al Boum Photograph at Tramore.
“I used to be capable of construct the race as I noticed match. She likes to burn early however at this time they could not get to me.
“It was 50-50 coming to the final however my intestine feeling was that I used to be beginning to get on prime.
“She is a proper powerful little mare. She’s not the largest however she has an enormous coronary heart.
“To have the stress and be capable of ship as a jockey and to get it proper is likely one of the best emotions possible. However I’m only a small cog within the wheel.”
Olly Murphy was philosophical about Brewin’upastorm’s late departure.
“I do not assume anybody would disagree that he was coming to win his race and he regarded nearly as good as ever at this time,” he mentioned.
“We’re not going house with any prize cash however my horse appears OK and my jockey walked away, which is the primary factor.”