Ado McGuinness’ charge has gone from strength and is the nap choice to give weight and a beating to eight opponents.
Currently available at around 25-1 for Cheltenham’s JCB Triumph Hurdle, he first sign-posted he could be a live possibility for that when cruising to victory at Leopardstown at Christmas.
Beau Michael then stepped up to Grade 3 company at Punchestown in January and was equally impressive in dismissing subsequent winner, Personal Column.
Most interesting runner of the day is the current market-leader for the Aintree Grand National, Snowy Morning, in the At The Races Bobbyjo Chase. He ran well in the Hennessy at Leopardstown, third to The Listener, and might have finished closer, but for a mistake at the third last. This is a good opportunity to head to Liverpool with a much-needed confidence booster under his belt.
Edward O’Grady’s Rocco’s Hall may be good enough to land the first division of the Friends’ Of Sligo GAA Maiden Hurdle.
The dual bumper winner was beaten eight lengths into third on his debut over flights behind Home Hunter at Naas and can only improve for the experience.
A place and four lengths in front of him was Oscar Time and Martin Lynch’s charge gets the nod in the second section of the same contest.
Definitive Edge, bogged down in the testing conditions when runner-up behind Joncol at Thurles, can go one better in the Bumper.
At Naas tomorrow it will be fascinating to see J’y Vole in action in the Woodlands Park 100 Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase.
She did literally everything wrong in the Moriarty Chase at Leopardstown and was still good enough to beat Big Zeb by five lengths.
She jumped markedly to her right at a couple of fences then, so going left-handed again is hardly ideal. But J’y Vole possesses a real engine and has to get the vote.
Woodbine Willie is the clear form choice in the paddypower.com Johnstown Hurdle, but Philip Fenton’s horses are badly out of sorts and he is passed over.
The nod falls on Ballytrim, who battled on powerfully when coping with the 130-rated Back To Bid at Down Royal.
Oscar Dan Dan, beaten a length by Shady Willow at Leopardstown, is the one to be on in the paddypowercasino.com Bumper.