Hugely disappointing in three bumpers last season, the six-year-old indicated he was a horse with a reasonable future on his return at Thurles in late November.
Willie Mullins’ charge finished a well-beaten seven and a half lengths second behind stable companion, Touch The Eden, but it was a display that was far in advance of anything previously shown.
Clearly more at home with a set of obstacles in front of him, this looks a weak contest and represents a good opportunity for Raise Hell.
Mullins’ Sarabad will probably go off favourite for the Racegoers’ Package €25 Maiden Hurdle, but has never convinced and again failed to deliver when only second at Limerick last time.
Prunella Dobbs’ French-import Bisoguet is preferred. She failed to win in 13 attempts for Thierry Doumen in her native country, but was placed on several occasions.
She was then off for more than two years, before reappearing on this track last month. Bisoguet made most of the running, but faded in the closing stages to take tenth behind Oscars Joy and can now show her appreciation of a drop of half a mile in trip.
Sneezy Foster’s Tipped Up Harry might provide the solution to the Home Of The Ladbrokes Irish Grand National Novice Handicap Hurdle. He went up 7lbs for beating Thats The Dream a short head at Cork, but encouragingly it was further nineteen lengths back to the third.