Stormy Ireland made all and skipped away for a comfortable win in the Listed Frontline Security Grabel Mares Hurdle at Punchestown.
Five went to post for this 2 ¼ mile race, with two runners each from Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins.
Stormy Ireland and Barra were the early leaders, with Cheltenham Festival winner Eglantine Du Seuil to the inside.
By the second flight, Stormy Ireland had gone on into a six length lead, with stable mate Eglantine Du Seuil moving second and the field well strung out.
There was little change in the order, but as the field headed down the back, they bunched up behind the leader and Barra moved back up into second, ahead of Eglantine Du Seuil and Awayinthewest.
Stormy Ireland and Paul Townend continued to travel sweetly though and moved back into a three length lead at the third last, with their rivals coming under pressure.
The leader headed to the final flight chased by Eglantine Du Seuil, with Black Tears chasing in third and the rest well beaten.
Stormy Ireland put in a massive leap at the last and coasted home a classy winner by four lengths from Black Tears and Eglantine Du Seuil.
The Willie Mullins-trained Stormy Ireland, still just a five year-old, was a classy performer last term but had a frustrating campaign, finishing second on four occasions. Second in the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, she could be a leading contender in that division again, based on this performance.