Elimay gave coach Willie Mullins his tenth winner at this 12 months’s Cheltenham Festival to finish a implausible five-timer on the day within the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase.
Runner-up 12 months in the past, Elimay acquired up within the closing levels beneath Mark Walsh within the colors JP McManus.
Zambella minimize out the operating from Maid O’Malley, however the raced modified complexion within the straight.
There had been 4 horses in with a profitable probability on the final with Elimay (9-4) proving the stronger up the hill to attain by half a size from Pink Legend. Scarlet And Dove was a nostril away in third place.
Assistant coach David Casey, giving his boss a uncommon race off press duties, stated: “I believed we had plenty of good probabilities and the horses have run sensible all week.
“Everybody is aware of racing is not straightforward, we misplaced Brandy Love on the morning of her race, so it is nice for the workforce at dwelling when it goes nicely.
“Elimay is not large however she’s actually powerful and stays very well. She did not assist Mark a lot, however she is small.
“It was just her toughness that did it for her in the end.”