Faugheen has picked up yet another Grade One victory.
The Willie Mullins-trained 11-year-old won the Matchbook Betting Exchange Novice Steeplechase at Limerick this St. Stephen's day.
His nephew Patrick Mullins was on board to guide the 2/1 shot home.
The 4/6 odds on favourite, Gordon Elliot's Samcro came in second in what was one of the most highly anticipated contests this year.
Faugheen the machine! 🔥
The old warrior still has plenty left in him as Faugheen strides up the line to win the G1 Matchbook Betting Exchange Novice Chase for Patrick and Willie Mullins pic.twitter.com/t8ElKP2OVV
— Limerick Races (@LimerickRaces) December 26, 2019
Meanwhile, there was a shock on Day one of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.
The Henry de Bromhead trained Notebook won the feature race of the day - The Racing Post Novice Steeplechase - easily.
The 7/1 shot, which is owned by Gigginstown House Stud was guided home by Rachel Blackmore ahead of the Joseph O'Brien trained Fakir D'oudairies and Willie Mullins' Royal Rendezvous.
It was Blackmore's second victory of the day after she guided Aspire Tower home to win the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle earlier on in the day.
The hotly-tipped Laurina, who's also trained by Willie Mullins, had Paul Townend on board but they disappointed as she never really got going and came in fifth, crossing the line at her own pace.