He was a smashing novice hurdler and, built like a chaser, was always likely to come into his own at this game.
Tony Martin’s charge rounded off a fine campaign last season with an excellent performance at the festival on this track in April.
Partnered by Davy Russell, he landed a two and a half mile Grade 1 by two lengths from Philip Hobbs’ Colour Squadron.
That was a contest which had real depth when you consider the next three places were filled by Lyreen Legend, Rebel Fitz and Felix Yonger respectively.
Knockgraffon King, nowhere near as good as the selection over flights, has always shaped like a chaser as well and is the obvious danger.
Noel Meade trains Knockgraffon King and, whatever the fate of that horse, can land the Children’s Referendum On 10th November Maiden Hurdle with Heck Thomas.
He made a winning debut at Punchestown last month, cruising to a four and a quarter lengths success in a bumper.
There is no way at the moment of knowing whether the race was any good or not, but it does seem significant that Meade wastes no time launching him over jumps and at two and a half miles to boot.
The nap vote falls on Sean O’Brien’s Caoimhe’s Delight in the Go Racing In Kildare Mares’ Bumper.
The ex-winning pointer made a good start on the racecourse at Tipperary when a length and a quarter second behind Charles Byrnes’ Moscow Chief.
The fact that the third was a further seven lengths away is obviously encouraging.