County Meath trainer Gillian Callaghan claimed her first winner under rules when Mount Benbulben won the bumper at Thurles on Thursday afternoon.
The well-backed 5/2 second favourite, a point-to-point winner at Tinehely last month, quickened clear under Andy Duff over a furlong out and stayed on to beat evens favourite Mozoltov by seven lengths.
Mrs Callaghan, whose husband Barry is Gordon Elliott’s landlord at Capranny, trains a team of six just across the road from Elliott. Callaghan is a former Meath footballer who won an All Ireland title with the county as a full forward.
Gillian Callaghan only took out a licence in November, and her brother Greg Harford was a well-known amateur rider in his time.