Flyer seizes Slaney for Mullins
Gagewell Flyer ran out an impressive winner of the Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas in what was a mixed renewal of the Grade Two event for Willie Mullins.
The trainer was also responsible for short-priced favourite Bishopsfurze, who lost all chance when he almost came down at the fourth-last, where Si C'Etait Vrai fell.
Up front 6-1 chance Gagewell Flyer was still full of running under the trainer's nephew Emmet Mullins, pinging the final flight to ease away and score by four lengths from Fists Of Fury.
Mullins said: "Gagewell Flyer is improving all the time and Emmet gets those horses jumping well. He has ridden three winners for me in the last week.
"He will have no problem staying three miles and we'll look at the Neptune or the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham with him."
Bishopsfurze had not been fluent at his obstacles, and Mullins added: "Bishopsfurze did what I feared he would do the last day at Cork, as he has no respect for hurdles."
Stan James gave Gagewell Flyer an introductory quote of 40-1 for the Neptune Investments Novices' Hurdle in March.
The victory was compensation for Mullins after his odds-on shot Cadspeed failed to build on his promising debut over fences last month when trailing in only third in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase.
The favourite had every chance, but found nothing for pressure as the Conor O'Dywer-trained Uncle Tom Cobley (9-2) ran on strongly for Nicky O'Shea to account for Prince Erik by three and a half lengths.