This is a good race, but Edward O’Grady’s charge created a favourable impression on his debut over jumps at Wexford and can deliver.
A solid order in the market, he was taken to the front two out by Barry Geraghty and powered clear to beat Scots Gaelic by 13 lengths.
Geraghy is employed at Newbury this afternoon, but O’Grady has snapped up the services of Paul Townend and that is encouraging.
Willie Mullins’ Call The Police can make a winning debut over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase.
A horse who has had problems in the past, he ran just four times last season and his best efforts were his first two outings.
In the ultra-competitive MCR Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown in January, Call The Police was runner-up behind stable companion, Final Approach, and followed with a smooth six lengths success at Punchestown.
The Bumper looks a modest affair and best left to Jessica Harrington’s Saluting, third behind Pride Of The Artic at Naas in March.
Gordon Elliott’s Mount Benbulben gets the nap in a cracking Grade 2 Irish Form Book Monksfield Novice Hurdle at Navan tomorrow.
A more than useful horse in bumpers, he toyed with his opponents when taking a moderate maiden hurdle at Thurles and can take this giant leap in his stride.
The Ladbrokes.com Troytown Handicap Chase makes little or no appeal, with the nod falling on Charlie Swan’s Prince Of Fire, who should be all the better for taking second behind Kakagh, over an inadequate two and a half miles, at Clonmel.
Peter Casey’s Flemenstar is the one to beat in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase. He proved no match for Bog Warrior here 13 days ago, but faces nothing of that calibre now.
At Wexford tomorrow Ceol Rua, who got off the mark with the minimum of fuss against a pair of geldings at Fairyhouse, is hard to oppose in the Saltees Island Mares’ Novice Hurdle.
Knockfierna, beaten by Golden Sunbird at Limerick, is narrowly preferred to Stephanie Kate in the Hook Mares’ Beginners Chase.