Blinkers help C'est Jersey put his best foot forward
C'est Jersey dominated from the front to lead home a one-two for Willie Mullins in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Hurdle at Punchestown.
Battleford was the 6-4 favourite in the hands of Ruby Walsh but, not for the first time, his jumping was far from foot-perfect.
C'est Jersey, on the other hand, hurdled fluently in the first-time blinkers and some strong galloping at the head of affairs put the pressure on his opponents.
Battleford got rolling in the straight, but C'est Jersey was away and gone and passed the post three and a half lengths to the good under Paul Townend.
Burgas was best of the rest in third.
"He was a bit keen early on, but we always thought he'd stay well," said the winning rider.
Mullins said: "This time last year Ruby was riding him (C'est Jersey) at home and thought he was a very decent horse.
"He's disappointed us all year and the other morning David Casey rode him and he flew in a gallop, and we decided to put blinkers on him as he's well able to do it but wasn't doing it on the racetrack - it made a huge difference to him.
"Battleford didn't hurdle fast enough at the pace they were going.
"They are two nice staying chasers for next season."