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LIMINI was the star of the show with a smooth victory in the Grade 3 Coolmore N.H. sires Mares Novices Hurdle at Fairyhouse yesterday.

The Willie Mullins inmate was having her first start since scoring in fine style at Punchestown in May and she once again looked the part under Danny Mullins.

The strong travelling 4/5 chance took command of this race early in the straight and had plenty to spare in beating Cashelard Lady by eleven lengths.

"She did it very easily and Danny felt that she'd jump better going a stronger pace," said the trainer's son Patrick.

"She's got a huge engine and I'd expect she'll improve on this as it is only her second run over hurdles and her first since the summer."

This victory cemented Limini's strong claims for the first running of the Trull House Stud Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham next month.

Earlier Bridgets Pet sprung a 20/1 surprise to claim an interesting rated chase.

The Alan Fleming inmate dug deep for Shane Shortall to defeat the returning Grade 1 scorer Morning Assembly by a head.

Winning owner Barry Connell indicated that the novice handicap chase on the opening day of Cheltenham could be next for the winner.

Earlier Crafty Power was an impressive winner of the opening maiden hurdle for Sabrina Harty and Andrew Lynch.

The other maiden went to the Garrett Power's Yes Sir Brian who was winning for the first time since his victorious debut almost three years ago.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2016
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