Willie Mullins' Abbyssial (11/4) beat his better-fancied stablemate Adriana Des Mottes to the Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
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The runner-up, ridden by Ruby Walsh, was sent off the 8/11 favourite but could never get on terms with the Paul Townend-ridden winner who dictated things from the outset.
Walsh tracked the pair in second and all looked to be going to plan as the Network filly travelled smoothly rounding the turn for home, but it proved to be Abbysial that was last off the bridle.
He found plenty for pressure too and though Adriana Des Mottes rallied late on, it was all too late as Abbysial won by half a length.
Gerdago (25/1) was third.
Mullins said: "It was a very good performance. I wasn't happy with his jumping over the first few but other than that he was impressive - when he needed the jumps he got them. He looks to be improving all the time.
"I'll have to talk to the owner and see if he travels (to Cheltenham) or we keep him at home. I would like a wet Cheltenham for him, he wouldn't want it to dry and if it did he wouldn't go.
"He's one that will go back to France for a race there, but I was saying to the owner earlier that we might skip Cheltenham and go to France but that performance brings Cheltenham back into it."
Townend told At The Races: "I though the 7lb might sway it her (Adriana Des Mottes') way but he's done it well. He's a massive big horse and is one for the future."
Abbysial was cut to 20/1 from 25s by Sky Bet for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.