Willie Mullins hails Benie Des Dieux and considers Stayers' Hurdle after Galmoy success

WILLIE Mullins hailed Benie Des Dieux as the best mare he has trained after she dazzled in the Gowran Park gloom.

The brilliant nine-year-old won the Galmoy Hurdle in a canter, with big rival Apple's Jade pulled up in the straight having gone out like a light.

Victory in Gowran's big Grade 2 was rarely in doubt as she breezed along on the bridle behind the front-running Apple's Jade.

She was quickly brushed aside turning in and it was left to dual Festival winner Penhill to throw down the biggest challenge.

But he was no match for his superb stablemate, who was 21 lengths clear and eased down crossing the line.

On this evidence, Benie Des Dieux would give hotpot Paisley Park a serious race in the Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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