The six-year-old has developed into a high-class hurdler and, as recently as last Sunday week at Navan, ran a super race to finish third behind Cheltenham Champion Hurdle runner-up Arctic Fire.
As that was his first run since early July he is entitled to come on, and the drop back to the all-weather should pose no problem.
In fact, in his time with his former trainer, Andrew Balding, he ran four times on the all-weather, winning at Kempton and finishing placed at Wolverhampton. He has run on the turf twice for current connections, finishing runner-up at Clonmel and not beaten far behind Pyromaniac in a competitive Curragh handicap in May.
Six pounds lower on this surface and clearly in great heart, a big run looks assured. Jack Kennedy’s 5lb allowance is a big help, and the selection can take this at the expense of Eye Of The Tiger.
Absorbing can take division two of the Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Handicap for Aidan and Ana O’Brien. Still a maiden after nine outings, last time out the filly ran quite well in defeat behind Brokopondo in what was an admittedly modest race.
However, she was noted staying on quite well from off the pace, suggesting the step up to a mile and a half would be in her favour. Her breeding also suggests the distance could prompt a little improvement and, that being so, she should go really close in what looks a winnable race.
The danger may come from Invincible Don, who was just touched off by Ondamoura over course and distance last time out. The winner re-opposes on 3lb worse terms, but must also be respected.
The drop back in trip could do the trick for Medicean El Diablo in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden, over six furlongs.
Sean Hennessy’s colt finished in midfield behind Hit It A Bomb on his debut at the Curragh, and followed up by finishing runner-up to Rezeki on his first start at this track. Both races were over seven furlongs, and he was quite strongly fancied to make it third time lucky in a one-mile maiden here last time.
However, he was a little too keen for his own good and faded late to finish fifth behind Power Struggle. Over today’s shorter trip he can use his speed to better effect and the promise of his first two runs can be realised.
There are a number of interesting sorts in opposition, including Charlies Missile, Inclination and newcomer There’s The Rain.