Reine provides Mullins/Townend with a double
Reine Angevine clears a hurdle under on her way to victory under Paul Townend
(Healy Racing Photos)
The French bred daughter of Poligiote was 6/4 with Paddy Powers this morning and opened on-course at 11/8 before being backed into clear even money favourite at the off.
The Mouse Morris trained Rouge Angel opened the 10/11 favourite with Paddy Powers this morning but was friendless on track and went from 11/10 out to 13/8 at the off.
She was in control from before the last and drew clear on the run-in to record an easy six length success.
Willie Mullins said afterwards: "She is improving all the time. After she won the last day I thought she needed good ground but she did a piece of work on heavy ground during the week and I couldn’t believe how well she worked.
"She will be kept to mares races now."
The winner can be backed at 33/1 for the Neptune Investments Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham with Stan James while she is 20/1 for the Albert Bartlett with the same firm.
(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)
The opening race at Gowran this afternoon, the Gowran Park Christmas Gift Vouchers 3yo Maiden Hurdle, went to the 2/5 favourite Diakali.