He seemed to find three miles all too far when beaten eight and a half lengths into second by Synchronised in the Lexus at Leopardstown at Christmas, but still emerged with great credit.
Prior to that the selection was impressive in the Durkan Chase at Punchestown — two and a half miles — when beating Joncol by five lengths.
Zaidpour has between 9lbs and 32lbs in hand of all of his rivals in the other Grade 2 on the programme, the Red Mills Trial Hurdle, and gets the nod.
There’s no doubt he‘s a serious horse who has won all three of his outings this season and, hopefully, will make light of the two-mile trip, which appears decidedly on the short side.
The nap vote falls on Jim Dreaper’s progressive Harpsy Cord in the Follow Gowran On Facebook Beginners Chase.
This will be just his third outing of the campaign and he ran with distinct promise last time when runner-up behind Willie Mullins’ Soll at Down Royal.
Jimmy Mangan’s ex-pointer, Kilcrea, is very much the one to beat in the Ronan Lawlor Memorial Bumper. He was no match for Clonbanan Lad at Limerick, going under by five lengths. But that form was put in perspective when Clonbanan Lad went on to slam Willie Mullins’ highly-regarded Mozoltov by 12 lengths at Naas.
At Navan tomorrow Mullins’ Mikael D’Haguenet is hard enough to oppose in the Ladbrokes’ Boyne Hurdle.
Following a somewhat torrid time over fences, Mikael has come back strongly over flights this season and seems in decent shape right now.
Mullins’ Tennis Cap gets the nap in the Follow Navan On Facebook Maiden Hurdle. He has a place and a nose to find with Hawk Flight, on their running behind Burn And Turn at Leopardstown, and can reverse that, if settling a bit better through the race.
The frustrating Beef To The Heels, second three times in-a-row, gets the vote in the Irish Stallion Owners’ EBF Maiden Hurdle. He seems genuine enough, but one suspects would benefit from a decent surface!
Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing Gold, outclassed by a smart sort in Make Your Mark at Punchestown, can land the bumper.