With some strong bumper form to her name in Ireland and having run her best race over hurdles so far at Southwell on her latest outing, Dubh Eile looked to have strong claims in what looked a modest 2m6f handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot yesterday evening and she duly won in good style under Richard Johnson, providing us with a first winner of the 2015/16 National Hunt season!

She seems much happier on the faster ground and we’ll therefore look to keep her on the go this summer, while a step up to three miles could be next.  Congratulations to her owner Paul Bowtell!