Henry de Bromhead expressed delight at Minella Melody's victory at Fairyhouse and says he is keeping his "options open" when it comes to his plans for the six-year-old at Cheltenham Festival.

Rachel Blackmore rode Minella Melody to victory in the Eco Friendly Cups Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle, beating Colreevy into second. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport in the aftermath, trainer De Bromhead outlined his satisfaction with the performance in the 14:10.

"I'm delighted with her. She jumped really well," he said.

"Rachel was brilliant on her and she toughed it out in the end.

"It looked a very good race on paper and I think it turned out to be that and delighted that we came out on top.

"I couldn't have asked her to do it any nicer than what she did."

De Bromhead cast an eye towards the next challenges on the horizon for Minella Melody.

"The Grade One here obviously would be one we would definitely be aiming at," he said.

"And Cheltenham, the Mares Novice possibly. Also we might enter in the Ballymore [Novices' Hurdle] as well just to keep our options open.

"But delighted to win today and we'll see how we go."

Elsewehre at Fairyhouse, Allaho cemented his Cheltenham claims as he got off the mark over fences in the Book Your Easter Festival Tickets Online @fairyhouse.ie Beginners Chase.

Beaten by stablemate Easy Game at Leopardstown over Christmas, he looked in a different league to his rivals on this occasion and so it proved, coming home in splendid isolation as the 2-5 favourite.

"From what I could see, it looked like he jumped great," said Mullins.

"Paul [Townend] just thought he was getting a bit tired the last day and jumped left.

"I'm happy with him and I'd imagine he will take up some engagement at Cheltenham after that, we'll see whether he goes for the RSA or the Marsh Chase.

"I'll have a word with Paul and see what he says. At least that is job done, it's a bit later in the season than we thought, but it's done.

"I doubt he'd run again before Cheltenham. I'll have a chat with connections, but I wouldn't think so unless Paul thought he needs another day out."