Benie Des Dieux Odds-On For Mares’ Hurdle After Gowran Triumph

Aione Introduced to Ballymore at 25/1 Following Maiden Victory.

Benie Des Dieux Odds-On For Mares’ Hurdle After Gowran Triumph

Willie Mullins landed the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran on Thursday with a 1-2-3 finish after his exceptional mare Benie Des Dieux won it for a record fifth time for the Closutton trainer.

Benie Des Dieux made the victory at the Kilkenny track look effortless and she has now been trimmed into the 4/5 favourite from 6/4 to win another Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Mullins didn’t rule his superstar out of the Stayers’ Hurdle either with her odds falling into 7/1 from 12/1 for the 3m Grade One on Thursday of the Festival.

Benie was victorious at Prestbury Park in 2018 when winning the Mares’ Hurdle at 9/2 to finish in front of Midnight Tour and the 1/2 favourite Apple’s Jade, who subsequently was pulled up by Davy Russell in Thursday’s race at Gowran.

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Benie was cruising at the 2019 festival before falling at the last under Ruby Walsh, but she is now a short price to get back to winning ways across the pond.

Rachael Blackmore was back in the winners’ enclosure after Aione obliged as the 2/5 favourite to win the Irish EBF Ladies Auction Maiden Hurdle by 5½ lengths.

BoyleSports have introduced the seven-year old at 25/1 for the Ballymore should his trainer Willie Mullins opt for that route, having noted that he looks like a chaser in the making. Aione is now a point-to-point, bumper and hurdles winner with plenty to look forward to.

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “The Thyestes card at Gowran always offers a few antepost clues and Benie Des Dieux was a very popular Cheltenham pick on Thursday for Willie Mullins, closing into 4/5 from 6/4 for the Mares’ Hurdle and 7/1 from 12/1 for the Stayers’ Hurdle.”