Equally at home over flights or fences, Tony Martin’s charge arrives now on the back of a decent enough effort at Clonmel 13 days ago.
He contested the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase and performed as well as could have been expected to finish four lengths second behind the smart Tranquil Sea.
Dermot Weld’s New Phase is the obvious danger, even if he is 15lbs wrong at the weights with the selection.
A spin on the flat at Navan in October should have left him spot-on and New Phase indicated he had a real liking for this track a year ago when slamming Noel Meade’s Jered, in receipt of 7lbs, to the tune of four lengths.
Ruby Walsh partners Psycho and has a number of other possibilities as well, starting with Sweet My Lord in the www.corkracecourse.ie Handicap Hurdle.
The five-year-old cut little ice when a remote 14th behind He’llberemembered, also in the field here, at Naas last time, but Willie Mullins’ charges are in far better shape now and he remains a horse of some potential.
Walsh and Mullins may also team up to take the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Beginners Chase with the somewhat frustrating Up The Beat.
He failed to win over flights, but jumping fences could well be his true calling and this is a gentle introduction.
Felix Yonger is another worthy of consideration for the irrepressible duo in the www.racinghomeforaster.com Maiden Hurdle.
He is one of a number of horses sent to Mullins by owner Graham Wylie following the retirement of Howard Johnson.
His overall form is ordinary, but the way he travels in the market will still be worth more than a second glance.
Preference is for Robert Tyner’s Daring Article, successful in a Tipperary bumper and then second behind Jetson here last month.
Mullins’ Local Celebrity, who will be ridden by his son, Patrick, made all to take a bumper at Clonmel, and gets the vote in the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle.