The grey son of Old Vic is essentially as slow as a boat, but stays forever and that might just be what is required to play a major role at the business end.
Nicky Richards’ charge was outpaced at a vital stage in the Lexus on this track at Christmas, before powering home late to finish six lengths second behind Pandorama.
He was three parts of a length in front of third placed Joncol and Paul Nolan’s charge is put forward as the principal danger, in a contest which is a real puzzle!
Willie Mullins has a strong hand through the programme and his Champage Native, beaten four lengths on his debut by the smart Star Neuville on this track, can land the nap in the Bumper.
Mullins’ ex-French Zaidpour gets the nod in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle. He looked a flying machine on his first two outings in this country and then disappointed behind First Lieutenant at Leopardstown last time. Zaidpour has since been given a decent break and is fancied to get back on the winning trail.
Mullins sets a real poser by running both Mikael D’Haguenet and Quel Esprit in the Dr P J Moriarty Chase.
Mikael D’Haguenet ran no sort of race when fifth to Realt Dubh at Leopardstown last time and a watching brief may be best for the moment.
Quel Esprit, impressive first time over fences at Limerick, was only marking time over flights and is readily preferred.
Indian Daudaie, who looked a thorough stayer when third at Cheltenham, looks the one to beat in the Tote Jackpot Races 3-6 Spring Juvenile Hurdle.
At Navan tomorrow row in with Gordon Elliott’s Dantes King in the Irish Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle.
The ex-winning pointer caught the eye when fourth to Shot From The Hip over flights at Leopardstown, prior to finishing second to Noel Meade’s Knockgraffon King in a Naas bumper. The third horse then, Allee Garde, has won easily in the meantime.
Voler La Vedette is easily best in at the weights in the Grade 2 ladbrokes.com Boyne Hurdle, but performed poorly behind Hurricane Fly at Leopardstown on her latest appeararance and is passed over.
The vote goes to Shinrock Paddy, who is on the upgrade and buckled down in fine style when beating Donnas Palm at Naas.
Lios A Choill, who was set to take a modest contest with lots to spare at Thurles, until falling at the last, can set the record straight in the Marge Browne Memorial Maiden Hurdle.