Cillian’s Return can land the INH Stallion Owners’ EBF Novice Hurdle for Tony Martin at Fairyhouse this afternoon.
He was a more than useful bumper horse, in the care of Bill Farrell then, ending his days at that game when easily beating the Dermot Weld-trained Vigil on this track in January.
The selection was subsequently bought by J P McManus and made a winning start in his new colours when taking a modest maiden hurdle at Tipperary in May.
His jumping technique that day was less than satisfactory, but Cillian’s Return’s class saw him outclass the opposition.
He was subsequently given a spin on the flat over a mile at Bellewstown, before returning to flights at Tipperary last month.
The five-year-old only managed to finish seventh of ten behind Rich Coast in a Grade 3, but, very encouragingly, his jumping was quick and accurate and he wasn’t given a hard time of it, after starting to tire from the second last.
You suspect there is a lot more to come from Cillian’s Return, that he will relish going two and a half miles for the first time and he can prove too good for Sheamus, who is on a four-timer.
Best contest on the card is the Fairyhouse Membership 2015 On Sale New Beginners Chase, which promises a fascinating clash between The Tullow Tank and Mala Beach.
They were both high-class hurdlers, with the Tullow Tank rated just 5lbs better than his rival.
The Tullow Tank was last seen when three lengths second to Vautour in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown in February, while Mala Beach has been absent since slamming ill-fated Un Beau Matin by eight lengths at Gowran Park the previous month.
The market should reveal plenty as to what is expected of them now, but, from this range, preference is for The Tullow Tank.
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