Benie Des DieuxBenie Des Dieux provided Willie Mullins with his ninth victory in 11 years in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

The champion trainer claimed the prize six times with the remarkable Quevega and has since struck gold with Glens Melody - who profited from the final-flight fall of stablemate Annie Power in 2015 - and Vroum Vroum Mag.

Benie Des Dieux was second-best in the market at 9-2, with last year's winner Apple's Jade, a former Mullins inmate but now with Gordon Elliott, the 1-2 favourite.

Apple's Jade was ridden forcefully by Jack Kennedy and looked to be travelling well before the home turn, but she was mastered by 33-1 shot Midnight Tour on the run to the final flight.

Ruby Walsh was hard at work in behind aboard Benie Des Dieux, but she responded to his urgings to get up and score by half a length.

Midnight Tour filled the runner-up spot ahead of Apple's Jade in third.

It was a second winner on the day for Mullins and Walsh following the Arkle Trophy success of Footpad.