Adequate display of jumping should see Aengus home in front

Noel Meade’s Aengus can land the Bess Ball Hype Maiden Hurdle at Naas this afternoon.

Adequate display of jumping should see Aengus home in front

There is little doubt that he is the best horse in the 16-runner field and if his jumping holds up will take a lot of beating.

It certainly left a bit to be desired on his debut over flights at Leopardstown at Christmas, third behind Alvisio Ville and Baily Cloud.

Prior to that the selection shaped like a thorough stayer when taking a two and a quarter mile bumper at Fairyhouse.

The Leopardstown contest was over two miles and stepping up another three furlongs now is a big plus for the selection. An adequate display of timber-topping should see him safely home in front.

Willie Mullins’ Pylonthepressure, so impressive when winning at Thurles, will obviously be popular in the Bumper.

But that Thurles race hasn’t worked out at all and, perhaps, Gordon Elliott’s Space Cadet, who was equally impressive when winning at Leopardstown, might be value against the likely hot pot.

At Leopardstown tomorrow, Ted Walsh’s Foxrock is the hopeful choice to land a puzzling Hennessy Gold Cup.

There are question marks against all seven of his rivals and maybe Foxrock, the youngest horse in the race, can improve past them.

Beaten into second in the Paddy Power here at Christmas, the selection returned to Leopardstown three weeks ago for another handicap.

Competing off a mark that was 7lbs higher than in the Paddy Power, Walsh’s charge indicated he may be rapidly on the upgrade, scoring by five lengths.

The nap vote falls on Willie Mullins’ Alvisio Ville in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle. The ex-French horse made a good start in this country when cruising to victory in a modest maiden at Leopardstown.

This represents a massive rise in class, but Alvisio Ville is very highly rated and reportedly giving every satisfaction in his work.

The Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase is best left to Mullins’ Valseur Lido, who has taken particularly well to fences. He strolled to success in his beginners at Punchestown and did it just as easily next time when taking the Grade 1 Drinmore Chase by eight lengths at Fairyhouse.

Mullins’ Potters Point didn’t get the run of the race when beaten into second by Tombstone at Naas and is fancied to set the record straight in the Bumper.

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