A smashing novice hurdler, there is no doubt Edward O’Grady’s charge has lots to prove, following a less than satisfactory initial campaign over fences.
He began in fine style with an easy success at Cork, but never built on that and was ultimately disappointing.
But, you suspect, he was never anywhere near his best for most of the season and there is still time for him to get it right.
Forpadydeplasterer - his trainer, Tom Cooper, is worried about the ground for him - Trafford Lad, Joncol and Made In Taipan are massive opposition, but Tranquil Sea is getting buckets of weight from them all and will surely be primed for a major effort at the first time of asking.
Paul Nolan’s Noble Prince is a confident choice in the Tipper Road Hurdle. The ex-French horse took time finding his feet in this country, but finished last season with a real flourish.
After chasing home the useful Jessies Dream at the Punchestown Festival, he was then far too good for Uimhiraceathair and Zaarito, back at Punchestown.
At Cork tomorrow, the rapidly improving Our Monty has to be the choice in the paddypower.com Cork Grand National.
He has gone from strength to strength since joining Willie Mullins, taking handicap hurdles at Limerick and Punchestown with any amount in hand.
Our Monty has plenty to recommend him over fences as well, scoring over two miles and seven furlongs at Downpatrick. He runs here off a mark 7lbs below his current rating over flights.
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh team up with Our Monty and can also take the Grade 3 Dial-A-Bet 1800 721821 EBF Novice Hurdle with Definitive Edge.
He has improved dramatically since meeting testing conditions and is on a four-timer, having won a bumper at Ballinrobe and hurdle races at Sligo and Galway.
Edward O’Grady’s classy Catch Me will be hard to beat in the Listed paddypower.com EBF Novice Chase.
He made a decent debut over fences on this track two weeks ago, beating Fisher Bridge, and that should have done his confidence a power of good.
The mud-loving Golan Go, runner-up behind Mosstown at Listowel, looks best in the paddypower.com three-year-old Hurdle.
At Leopardstown tomorrow, John Oxx’s Karasiyra, who made an eye-catching debut when fourth to You’ll Be Mine on this track in September, gets the nod in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden for fillies.