He did find a bit of trouble in running through that contest, but overall Tony Martin’s charge was a bit disappointing.
The five-year-old didn’t have much room to manoeuvre with under a furlong to run, before eventually finishing third behind the impressive Investmentsuccess and the well-backed Draco.
Prior to that, some three months earlier, the selection shaped with a lot more promise when splitting two smart horses in Windsor Park and Killer Crow at Leopardstown.
The five-year-old is entitled to the benefit of the doubt for the moment, perhaps he needed the outing at Fairyhouse, with Robbie McNamara now replacing the 7lbs claimer who was in the plate last time.
Xpectations, who is by Milan, and Taniokey, by Scorpion, are obviously interesting newcomers.
The somewhat frustrating Tawseef might finally get it right in the Summer Racing At Fairyhouse Maiden Hurdle.
His problem is that he doesn’t find as much off the bridle as one would like, but does arrive on the back of a decent effort last time.
That came at Fairyhouse 16 days ago when beaten a length into second by Dessie Hughes’ Emperor Of Exmoor.
The fact the third, in a 25-runner affair, was a further 13 lengths away was encouraging and Emperor Of Exmoor didn’t let down the form when chasing home Le Vent D’Antan at Punchestown last week.
Pageboy ran promisingly enough when a remote third to Mozoltov and Irish Thistle, over an inadequate two miles and a furlong, at Navan and gets the nod in the Free Admission For Under 18’s At All Meetings Beginners Chase.
Gordon Elliott’s Arzembouy Premier, twice a winner on the flat in France and who has shown some promise over flights, might indicate that fences is his true calling in the Follow Us On Twitter @fairyhouse Beginners Chase.