thurles 23rd Dec
Unika La Reconce left her Thurles opponents for dead
Midnight Game confirmed himself a horse on the upgrade with a comfortable victory at Thurles.
The champion jockey had the 4-7 favourite settled on the shoulder of Arnaud from the outset before sending him to the lead two out.
Mullins was also on the mark with French import Unika La Reconce in the Gift Horse Gallery Horse & Jockey Hotel Mares Maiden Hurdle.
Ruby Walsh set out to make it a true test on the 8-11 market leader and when Speckled Hen mounted her challenge between the final two flights, the filly responded in good style, pulling 12 lengths clear.
Captain Canada (6-1) bossed the INH Stallion EBF Maiden Hurdle with a fine front-running display.
The dual point winner was a disappointment on his bumper debut at Limerick but consigned that run to the past with a nine and a half-length defeat of market rival War Correspondent.
Jimmy Mangan's mare Noras Fancy (7-2 joint-favourite) was prominent all the way in the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase and held a narrow advantage at the final fence before being driven clear by David Splaine to beat Colls Corner by three lengths.
Colin Bowe's Whiskey And Red (6-4 favourite), a winner at the track last month, followed up in the Molony Cup Handicap Chase, collaring Robertstown Rover at the last under Russell and forging a length and three-quarters clear.
The Exit 6 To The Horse & Jockey Novice Handicap Hurdle went to Denis Hogan's Missie Ella (25-1) under the trainer's son Denis jnr, while Barry O'Neill guided Robert Tyner's Byerley Babe (2-1) home in front in the Curaheen INH Flat Race.
As far back as her days with Michael Halford on the level it looked like Missie Ella had the size and presence to make an impression at the jumping game and she sprung a 25/1 surprise in the Exit 6 To The Horse & Jockey Novice Handicap Hurdle at Thurles under her trainer and rider Denis Hogan.