GYPSY Island, one of the standout bumper horses of the 2018/19 season, made a victorious return from 736 days off in the Hotel Minella Mares Maiden Hurdle although not without a scare.

A superb winner of the mares’ bumpers at the Fairyhouse and Punchestown Festivals a couple of years ago, the Peter Fahey-trained seven-year-old lined up as the winner of four of her five starts.