Impaire Et Passe raced to a comfortable victory in the Ballymore Novices Hurdle, the first race of day two at the Cheltenham Festival.
The five-year-old went out as the favourite and after biding his time, the gelding turned it on, speeding to an impressive win.
Impaire Et Passe was followed up by Gaelic Warrior and Champ Kiely, forming a perfect 1-2-3 start to the day for trainer Willie Mullins.
Meanwhile the hotly tipped Hermes Allen struggled in the conditions and could only manage a sixth placed finish.
Speaking to ITV after the day’s opening race, winning jockey Paul Townend said: “I was delighted with him when I felt him take off.”
“It was a dream ride, it always is coming here. He’s shown me that from the races he’s ran.”
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