You certainly couldn’t support him with confidence, but everything is relative and Willie Mullins’ charge has a leading chance in this class.
At Fairyhouse a week ago, he finished a well beaten ten lengths second behind Horner Woods, never threatening to get on terms with Jessica Harrington’s gelding.
That effort, however, still appears to give him the edge on Oran Flyer, who performed solidly at the same Fairyhouse meeting when third behind Horse Man Pass By.
Ruby Walsh partners Equus Maximus and also rides Mullins’ Emma Jane in the Spin Southwest Student Raceday Mares Beginners Chase.
She is more than useful, when on song, but has lost her way of late and now has a second outing for the Carlow handler.
Mullins gave her a pop round over hurdles behind King Johns Castle at Naas and, on the basis he may have rekindled her enthusiasm, Emma Jane gets the vote.
Best race on the programme, by a mile, is the Free Entrance To The Sin Bin Hurdle, which brings together some smart sorts.
The hopeful nod falls on Martin Lynch’s Oscar Time, who is give preference over Top Of The Rock and Ballytrim.
The selection ran well enough at Navan last month when beaten two lengths into second by Jack The Bus and had Ballytrim (gave 11lbs) a length and three parts away in third.
Top Of The Rock was impressive when beating the inexperienced Sports Line by five lengths at Clonmel, but it is hard to get a handle on just how good he is right now!