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Sinoria put her assured stamina to good use when continuing her upward curve with a game success in the I.N.H Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday.
Having scored over two and a half miles at Down Royal on her previous start, the Henry de Bromhead-trained six-year-old took a drop back in trip in her stride when gaining some valuable black type in the Listed prize.
Hitting the front over the second last, the 6-1 shot found plenty to get the better of a battle from the back of the final flight with favourite Chosen Mate, before going on to score by three-quarters of a length.
Following the race, the winner was introduced at 7-1 by Paddy Power for the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
De Bromhead said: “She’s really tough and it was a great move by Rachael (Blackmore) at the second last. She said she was very brave coming down to the last with the other horse in on top of her.
“We will have to consider the Mares’ Novices’ at Cheltenham for her now. We are in a very fortunate position having Honeysuckle, who is owned by Kenny (Alexander) as well.
“We’ll see nearer the time, but it’s nice to have two. Both will stay further so maybe we could look for an option for one of them to run against the geldings.
“I’m delighted to win today and get black type as she has a savage pedigree.”