Apple’s Jade looked back to her brilliant best, in a race marred by a terrible injury to Identity Thief, in the Grade Two Lismullen Hurdle at Navan.
Six went to post for a fascinating renewal of this 2 ½ mile race.
The mare Apple’s Jade set off in front from Dortmund Park and the former Champion Hurdle winner Jezki.
The two Gordon Elliott runners continued to set the tempo from Jezki, with Coney Island next and then Arctic Fire and Identity Thief.
Last year’s winner, Apple’s Jade, continued to lead and moved three lengths ahead of Dortmund Park and Jezki, as they reached the third flight.
Heading out on their final circuit, Apple’s Jade was still bowling along in front by a few lengths from Dortmund Park, who in turn, had a break on the rest.
Five out and the field closed and bunched in behind Apple’s Jade, who was still travelling well.
They left the back straight and Apple’s Jade moved three lengths up on Jezki and Dortmund park, with Identity Thief moving closer in fourth.
Apple’s Jade turned into the home straight with Dortmund park and Identity Thief forming a Gigginstown leading trio, with Jezki and Arctic Fire under pressure.
Apple’s Jade found more at the second last, but there was disaster as Identity Thief suffered a serious injury on landing and was immediately out of the race.
The leader jumped the last well and scooted clear for an impressive victory over Jezki in second, with Coney Island running an eye catching race in third.
Gordon Elliott’s mare Apple’s Jade, looks to be back to her best, but this race will have given Gigginstown very mixed feelings given what happened to Identity Thief and it was later confirmed that this talented horse, a winner of the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle and Aintree Hurdle, had suffered a fatal injury.