Elemay booked her ticket to the inaugural hunt for Maryse in Cheltenham with her victory at BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase in Naas where she highlighted the trilogy of Mark Walsh. Gray finished a popular second to fellow stable and favorite Ryanair Chase. The last time – with the strongest Willie Mullins team ever heading to the festival, Elimay made sure to be on the list of many with a smooth presentation. Yukon Lille from Mullins and the shattered love of Gordon Elliott seem eager to make it a test of endurance, as both have forged the farther away from those two miles – so does Alemay, and she managed to enter a home competition. She jumped second in the streak, but then Elimay was given an inch of unleashed action by Mark Walsh and set the race before jumping last. The seven-year-old won by five and a half years. Corral slashed Elimay in 3-1 from 4s to chase the Mares, while Betfair went the same price from 7-2. “This was an amazing race to win and show what God looked like,” Mullins said. “It’s great to win the opera hat in honor of Valerie Cooper’s mare, and we hope this mare is someday as good as her.” “Mark was happy to let speed check in front and the ground is completely full in the back. The longer the race went, the better she was going and Mark was so pleased with how it ended.” This is a great starting point towards Cheltenham. I’ll get word with the connections, but I imagine that will send us towards chasing Maryse. Walsh also won second-tier business club members Naas Maiden Hurdle over Gentleman De Me (favorite 2-7) by Mullins and Naas Handicap Chase over Minella Till Dawn who trained as Gordon Elliott (12-1), both in McManus colors.