Spring time perfect for Parisienne
Petite Parisienne headed a Willie Mullins one-two after a thrilling climax to the Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.
The four-year-old filly opened her account over jumps at Grade One level as she got the better of her stable companion Kalkir.
The pair treated racegoers to a tremendous finish, with Bryan Cooper driving Petite Parisienne (6-1) home by a length and three-quarters from Ruby Walsh on the 5-4 favourite. Prussian Eagle was third.
Mullins said: "I'm happy with both of them and both will go to Cheltenham for the Triumph. That was a good prep run.
"Hopefully both of them will improve from that and they are two nice horses to be going with. I also have Dicosimo who will go there as well."
Cooper said: "She's a grand filly. We went a good gallop and she came back on the bridle pretty strong going down to the last.
"I was always confident. It rode a good race and she's tough. It was a big help getting the allowance as a filly and she's going the right way."
RaceBets and Paddy Power quote Petite Parisienne at 10-1 from 25-1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.
Who's That (20-1) was third in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle 12 months ago and went two better off a 1lb lower mark this time, beating Misty Lady by a length and a quarter.