Willie Mullins’ Blood Cotil can land the Grade 2 Q8 Oils Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on St Stephen’s Day.
The ex-French horse made a spectacular start in this country at Fairyhouse last month and it will be disappointing should he fail to build on that.
He cruised through the contest, Ruby Walsh only had to let out an inch of rein in the straight and Blood Cotil did the rest, winning by 17 lengths.
Dessie Hughes’ Our Conor, smart on the flat, has produced two excellent efforts to score at Navan and Fairyhouse, but faces a tough task conceding the selection 3lbs.
The Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase looks a match between Arvika Ligeonniere and Oscars Well.
Arvika Ligeonniere was quite brilliant when running his rivals into the ground in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse and is obviously going to take some pegging back.
But Oscars Well, a high-class hurdler, has a solid chance of causing a minor upset. He took a bad fall at Punchestown, but showed no ill-effects when putting up a fine performance to win easily at Navan.
Noel Meade’s Ned Buntline is the fancy in the opening Bookmakers’ Bar At Bewleys Hotel Leopardstown Maiden Hurdle.
He looked a star of the future when taking a Naas bumper, but then failed to justify short-priced favouritism on his jumping debut behind Bright New Dawn at Fairyhouse.
Ned Buntline can only, however, come on for the experience and dropping back two furlongs in trip is a plus.
Willie Mullins’ The Paparazzi Kid, beaten by the useful Moscow Mannon at Navan, can land the Q8 Oils Maiden Hurdle.
At Limerick, Mullins’ Mikael d’Haguenet, who finally got his act together over fences at Punchestown, has to be the choice in the Grade 2 Greenmount Park Novice Chase.
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