Faugheeen maintained his unbeaten record in effortless fashion when taking the Liberty Insurance Novice Hurdle at Limerick.
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The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old, a leading contender for the novice events at the Cheltenham Festival in March, wasn't foot-perfect at some of his flights and even lost ground going into a couple in the closing stages.
But jockey Emmet Mullins, nephew of the winning trainer, never had a moment's concern aboard the winner, who sauntered home to beat The Job Is Right - who chased him hard throughout the final stages - by a few lengths.
The winning trainer was at Leopardstown supervising his runners there, but his son Patrick said: "He didn't jump well and perhaps it was because he was in front with no lead.
"However, I think it was an awesome performance as he was keen and didn't jump and still won. He can go anywhere we like next and it's great for Emmet."
Speaking from Leopardstown, Mullins added: "He looked fantastic and never came off the bridle. He had some decent horses beaten with half a mile to run.
"I wouldn't normally run him in a race like this at this stage of his career, but there are so few races around or maybe because we have so many horses! We took a chance in it."
Sky Bet cut the winner from 8/1 to 7/1 for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle, but he's as short as 5/1 for the same race with Boylesports.
Michael Shinners, spokesman for Sky Bet, commented: "There were some fair rivals in opposition here, but the winner made it look very easy and you'd have to be impressed - the question is which race he might go for at the Festival."