Dermot Weld’s five-year-old was a major ante-post gamble to land the Weatherbys’ Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, but could only manage third behind Dunguib and Some Present.
It was still, however, a cracking effort by the Giant’s Causeway gelding, with the form of that contest working out particularly well.
Dunguib produced another scintillating display at Punchestown last week, while the fourth at Cheltenham, Quel Esprit, also scored at Punchestown.
The other plus is that the likely testing ground will hold no fears for the selection, having won in similar conditions in good style at Naas prior to Cheltenham.
Jim Bolger’s progressive Vocalised can make it four wins in-a-row in the Dylan Thomas EBF Tetrarch Stakes.
He handles soft ground well and there was plenty to admire about the way he buckled down when taking the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury last month.
John Oxx’s horses are in terrific shape and his Kargali gets the vote in the High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes.
The son of Invincible Spirit is currently rated 10lbs below Famous Name, having a first start of the campaign, but has the benefit of two runs already this season and was impressive when beating in-form Three Rocks at Leopardstown.
At Limerick today Splurge is fancied to make a winning debut over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase.
An excellent money-spinner for connections, his latest success came on the flat on this track.
Ruby Walsh has a strong book of rides at Down Royal and two of his more likely candidates are Johnnyofcourse (Mirror Maiden Hurdle) and Persian City (McConville Construction Hurdle).