Willie Mullins has found a nice pipe-opener for SO YOUNG before taking in next week's Grade 2 Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown. The five-year-old ended the last campaign on a low note but had previously looked a potentially top-class performer and had an easy comeback against two opponents at Punchestown. Miss Nomer was receiving 7lb when beating Noras Fancy 4l in a Grade 3 at Down Royal and can confirm the form as she had something in hand but Missgiloney has plenty to find on official figures.
So Young (FR) 2-5fav (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd early, settled in 3rd from 4th, closer and slight mistake 3 out, travelled well to challenge entering straight and led before last, stretched clear run-in, easily, won at Punchestown 2m 6f hdl sft in Nov beating Fully Funded (11-10) by 11l, 3 ran.
Miss Nomer (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) In rear, headway before 3 out and went 2nd approaching straight, no extra in 3rd after 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Sous Les Cieux (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft.
Noras Fancy (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Chased clear leader in 2nd, closer before 4 out, challenged 2 out, headed by winner after 2 out and soon no impression, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Miss Nomer (10-7) at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) sft in Nov.
Missgiloney (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, 10th of 16, 44l behind Schinkel (10-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.