Trained by Tony Martin, he was a very impressive winner of the qualified riders’ race on the opening day of this meeting last year, and went on to finish a close third in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket on his next Flat outing, in October.
He wasn’t seen again until finishing third, in soft ground, behind Wicklow Brave in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, and then enjoyed another short break before finishing runner-up to Trip To Paris in the Chester Cup.
The latter form was given a real boost when the winner followed up in the Ascot Gold Cup.
The Flat handicapper has assessed Quick Jack to have improved more than a stone since last summer, and he runs off the same hurdling mark today as at Cheltenham.
There’s clearly plenty of scope for improvement from the six-year-old over jumps, he gets in off a very light weight, and looks certain to run a big race for jockey Denis O’Regan.
The potentially top-class Diakali is a real danger, though Macnicholson could be a lively outsider.
The latter doesn’t win very often, but remains capable off his current mark, and the application of blinkers may help to sharpen him up.
The nap goes to Gangster, who can stamp his authority on a competitive-looking Guinness Novice Hurdle.
The half-brother to former Ascot Gold Cup winner and Neptune Novices’ Hurdle third Rite Of Passage made a very pleasing debut for Willie Mullins when winning a maiden at Roscommon.
Without out having to be extended, he galloped clear of subsequent winners Cecil Corbett and Rock On Fruity.
That victory marked him down as a young horse of real promise and, although this is a tougher race, he’ll be hard to beat.
It’s safe to assume Lieutenant is a lot better than he was able to show at Cork on his debut, and he’ll take beating in bumper.
Aidan O’Brien knows what is needed to beat Prince D’Aubrelle, having sent out Oathkeeper to account for him last time, and this fellow should follow suit.
The Guinness 50th Anniversary Handicap is a typically tricky race, but Santa Romano looks a particularly interesting runner, at likely generous odds.
Formerly with Dermot Weld and now in the care of Jim Dreaper, she caught the eye in defeat, finishing sixth behind the useful Cailini Alainn at Leopardstown recently.
Runner-up Askmour gave the form a boost when winning at Wexford, and this race represents a significant drop in class for the selection.
With Shane Foley in the saddle, she should give supporters a run for their money.
Bog War is of obvious interest, having improved significantly over hurdles since his last run on the Flat.