It was hard work, but Dinaria Des Obeaux capped a magnificent afternoon for Gigginstown and Gordon Elliott with victory in the Grade Two Coolmore National Hunt Sires Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase at Thurles.

Eight went to post for this 2 ½ mile contest in desperate conditions.

Magic Of Light took the field along through the early stages, with Dinaria Des Obeaux in close proximity.

The front pair continued to dictate with a mile to run, with Youcantcallherthat next and Kate Appleby Shoes closing.

However, the leading trio held a five length lead turning for home and Kate Appleby Shoes was unable to bridge the gap.

Up front, Magic Of Light landed in front over the second last, while Youcantcallherthat made a bad mistake and sprawled, losing all chance.

But Jack Kennedy had been biding his time and pounced between the last two fences, as Dinaria Des Obeaux went on.

The five year old was untidy at the last, but her young jockey maintained equilibrium to complete a four-timer for trainer Gordon Elliott and his own treble on the day.

Magic Of Light kept on for second, with Kate Appleby Shoes snatching third place from Youcantcallherthat on the line.

Elliott said: “She was entitled to do that on her Drinmore run and forget about her last run, as she made a few mistakes and was nearly brought down.

“She won’t be going to Cheltenham and I don’t think we have to keep her in her own sex – never say never, but we’ll see as we have a couple of nice mares at the moment. She is a nice mare and has her job done now.”

Elliott also struck on the card with the Kennedy-ridden A Toi Phil and Pete So High, as well as Dortmund Park, who impressed under Davy Russell, all in the maroon and white of Gigginstown.