The selection started out over hurdles this time last year and finished fourth behind subsequent Albert Bartlett runner-up Milsean, the now 140-rated Snow Falcon and subsequent maiden hurdle winner Ordinary World.
He then reverted to bumpers, winning at the first time of asking and finishing placed behind smart sorts in the next two.
Back over hurdles for his recent seasonal debut, he was a shade unlucky behind the useful De Name Escapes Me.
Over today’s longer trip and with the benefit of the run, an improved performance can be expected, and he gets the nap to make the breakthrough at the expense of high-class bumper horse Up For Review.
Mount Masada looks interesting in the Fairyhouse Schooling Grounds Handicap Hurdle.
Trained by Davy Fitzgerald, the lightly-raced five-year-old ran a fine race to finish fourth behind Pretty Woman last time, and the winner franked the form on her next start.
What was most eye-catching about the selection was his very neat jumping, which kept him in contention.
While no match for the three that finished in front of him, it looked an improved performance, and he struck as a horse which could be ahead of his handicap mark.
He swished his tail under pressure, but ran to the line quite honestly, leaving the impression a lesser race like this should be within compass.
Jack Kennedy, who rode him then, is on board once more and his 5lb allowance is a great aid. With a little improvement, he’ll take beating.
Baroque Style appeals as the best alternative.
Lizzie Kelly looks a good booking for Rightville Boy in the TodayFM Ladies’ Handicap Chase, and the pair can land the spoils for trainer Pat Neville.
A fine fourth behind On The Shannon on his most recent outing, with all allowances taken into account he’s 17lbs better off for finishing four lengths behind that rival.
With scope for improvement over fences, winning form at this course on testing ground, he looks sure to go very close.
Despite the turnaround in the weights, On The Shannon must be respected, while Coolnagorna Giggs should also do well.
The opening maiden hurdle has a number of potentially smart runners, but Joshua Lane showed enough on his recent return to suggest he should have little trouble making his mark in this sphere.
Although ultimately quite well beaten behind Tycoon Prince and St Stephen’s Green at Punchestown, it was a big step forward on his previous outing over hurdles, late last year, and the Eddie-Harty-trained six-year-old should continue to go in the right direction. Third in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper in 2014, he can take this en route to better things.
Former Doncaster November Handicap winner Open Eagle is feared most.