Dancer delivers at Kilbeggan
Dysart Dancer left it late but rallied to maintain her unbeaten record over timber in the Bloomfield House Hotel Mares Hurdle at Kilbeggan.
The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old was sent off the 13-8 joint-favourite for her first appearance since last August, when she made a winning debut over hurdles at Tramore.
Taking a keen hold, Paul Townend's mount had led for much of the way but was headed four out by Honey Bach, who still held an advantage over the last.
But Townend was at his strongest aboard Dysart Dancer and just got his mount back up in the shadow of the post for a neck success.
The jockey said: "She was very hard on herself. She pulled very hard and I had to give her a chance. She was very tough to get back up like that."
Elsewhere on the card there was a second career win for 7lb claimer John Tobin on Never A Secret in the Athlone Handicap Hurdle.
Tobin's previous winner had come in August 2011, and he said: "I've just been struggling to get rides."
Trainer-owner Hugh Finegan said of the 6-1 chance, who was winning at Kilbeggan for the second time: "I was hopeful today. We'll see what the handicapper does. She loves this track."