He was a smart sort over flights, ending last season when beaten 12 lengths into second by his stable companion, the flying machine Faugheen, in a Grade 1 at the Punchestown festival.
Prior to that, the selection landed a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse, slamming Real Steel in the process, and that form has since been nicely boosted.
Willie Mullins trains Valseur Lido and has a number of other possibilites through the card, headed by the unbeaten Clondaw Court in the Punchestown Annual Membership From €110 Hurdle. He was last seen when scoring by 18 lengths at Thurles in January.
Mullins’ Master Of Verse looks the right call in the Bumper, having beaten Drumacoo by six lengths in a point-to-point at Dromahane. Drumacoo, since graduated to the racecourse, has already won a bumper and a maiden hurdle.
The Ballymore GAA Christmas Fair And Family Fun Day three-year-old Hurdle is tricky, but may be best left to Lone Star. His ability to handle the ground has to be taken on trust, but he did look particularly happy when front-running tactics were adopted for the first time when winning by nine lengths at Thurles.
Mouse Morris’ Alpha Des Obeaux, easy winner of his only point-to-point, is the choice in a two and a half mile maiden hurdle.
He was expected to make a successful start on the track at Cork last month, but was beaten into second by the modest Vote Of Confidence.
Alpha Des Obeaux is, however, entitled to come on for that and stepping up another half a mile in trip may see him in a more favourable light!
It is difficult to envisage Hurricane Fly matching strides with Jezki in the Grade 1 stanjames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown tomorrow. Jezki beat Hurricane Fly in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, and again afterwards at Punchestown, and is four years younger than his opponent.
Gordon Elliott’s No More Heroes, too good for Willie Mullins’ Milsean in a bumper at Naas in February, is the nap in the maiden hurdle.