Charlie Swan’s Make A Track is the nap choice in the www.thurlesraces.ie Beginners Chase.
A useful hurdler, he made a fine start over fences at Naas 19 days ago and, hopefully, will now build on that effort.
The six-year-old jumped soundly through the contest and it was only from the back of the last that he gave best to Texas Jack, going under by a length. The fact it was a further 16 lengths to the third is obviously encouraging.
Willie Mullins’ Vesper Bell is the danger, having rounded off last season with a fine second to stable companion, Marasonnien, in a Grade 1 hurdle at the Punchestown festival.
This, however, is his first outing of the campaign and his first over fences and that sways one towards Make A Track.
Davy Russell partners Make A Track and can also land the Killinan Beginners Chase aboard Tony Martin’s Savello.
He jumped for fun on his debut over fences at Navan, before fading in the straight to finish a remote fifth to Dylan Ross.