Vautour can make every Post a winning one

It will be a major surprise should Vautour fail to land the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day.

Vautour can make every Post a winning one

A superb hurdler last season, he won at both the Cheltenham and Punchestown festivals, Willie Mullins’ charge looked a natural when making his debut over fences at Navan last month.

His jumping was quick and accurate, as he made all-of-the running to beat the subsequent winner, Clarcam, by eight lengths.

Vautour currently heads the market for the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham and an emphatic success now is the logical outcome.

Paul Townend will be in the plate and can also combine with Mullins to win the Grade 2 Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle with Kalkir.

The ex-French horse shaped as easily the best three-year-old seen so far this season when scoring by eight lengths at Fairyhouse.

Mullins introduces another former French horse, Alvisio Ville, in the Bewleys’ Hotels Maiden Hurdle.

He has been absent since finishing third in October of last year at Fontainbleau and his travels in the market will be important.

The vote, however, goes to Noel Meade’s Aengus, who looked a tough sort when taking a bumper at Fairyhouse.

Tony Martin’s Velvet Maker gets the nod in the Thorntons’ Recycling Maiden Hurdle.

He ran far too freely when failing to justify favouritism behind Rock The World at Down Royal and, hopefully, the fitting of a hood now will have the desired effect.

Joshua Lane, third behind Silver Concorde and Shaneshill at the Cheltenham festival in March, is of obvious interest, but this is his first outing since and his first over jumps.

Limerick on Friday houses a cracking Grade 2 Shannon Airport Novice Chase, bringing together some very smart sorts.

The nap vote falls on Wounded Warrior, who shaped as if ready to finally begin to fulfil his potential when slamming Blood Cotil at Navan.

All Hell Let Loose, down in class, after chasing home Nichols Canyon in a Grade 1 at Fairyhouse, can take the Signsplus Hurdle.

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