This type of contest is often best avoided, at least until the form settles down later in the season, but Dessie Hughes’ charge looks well worth risking.
An ordinary horse on the flat, he made an excellent start over jumps at Roscommon earlier this month.
The selection jumped and travelled beautifully through the race, although ultimately no match for hotpot Top Man Michael.
In the end he was beaten a length and a quarter into second, but it was a further eight lengths to the third and, hopefully, Everything Zain can now build on that effort.
Tom Mullins’ Bob Lingo has to be the choice in the McSweeney Arms Hotel Handicap Hurdle.
This will be first outing since beating Casey Top by five lengths in the Galway Plate and Mullins indicated, in the aftermath of the race, that he would be keen to exploit Bob Lingo’s mark over flights.
Well, he is certainly doing that now with the ten-year-old running here off a rating that is 20lbs below what he carried in the Plate.
Willie Mullins’ Primroseandblue gets the nod in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Novice Hurdle, having beaten Audrelles Lad at Wexford last time.
Double Double, successful on the flat at Sligo 23 days ago and a proven timber-Topper, can win the Tayto Group Hurdle at Down Royal.