Missy Tata maintained her unbeaten record this season with a bloodless victory in the Listed Irish Independent Hurdle at Limerick this afternoon.
Just three went to post for this two mile contest run on heavy ground.
Missy Tata set off in front of Cap D’Aubois with a break back to Swamp Fox.
The order remained unchanged as the field headed to the fourth last hurdle, with Missy Tata and Daryl Jacob, drawing further clear in pursuit of a five-timer.
Turning for home, the Gordon Elliott trained filly still led to the inside of Cap D’Aubois, although that rival had closed, racing much wider.
Missy Tata took the second last flight travelling the better of the two and skipped away to the final flight with a 7 length advantage, jumping well and cruising to an impressive win from Cap D’Aubois and Swamp Fox who was never a factor.
Elliott’s assistant Olly Murphy said: ” I don’t think two miles is her ideal trip so we decided to ride her nice and positive. Her Gold Cup is going to be the two-and-a-half-mile Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.”
Murphy added: “She is improving the whole time but I doubt we’ll see the real article until she goes jumping fences.
“She is straightforward and stays going well and will have one more run or will go straight to Cheltenham.
“She is one to look forward to.”
Stable companion Stone Hard could also be a horse to follow after he eased 12 lengths clear of Double Island in the D Pack Packaging Celebrating 10 Years In Business Beginners Chase.
Murphy said of the Gigginstown House Stud-owned six-year-old: “We actually had him as a youngster and he was a horse we always thought a lot of.
“He obviously went to Willie’s (Mullins) and came back to us.
“This wasn’t a surprise as his work at home was very good. He’ll have to step up now but couldn’t have been more impressive.
“He is a horse we think a lot of and might be starting to fill into himself now – he’s a big shell of a horse.”