He is a real lovely-looking horse whose future probably lies over fences. He has pleased us at home though after showing ability in points, but you would have to imagine that he will find it very tough indeed against the likes of Joey Sasa over 2m on his hurdling debut.
The first thing to say about this race is that it is full of very exciting and unexposed novice hurdlers, and we have to give weight to all of them bar Labaik. So we have a very tough task on our hands. But he was very good when winning his Grade 3 over course and distance last time, and he has really pleased us at home since. In fact, he has been in very good form and we think he has improved. He has a massive engine and is a horse we rate but we are under no illusions about what a good race this is, and the likes of Invitation Only are obviously serious rivals.
He looks to have been running well recently, including when fifth over course and distance last time, but he races off the same mark here and may just be a bit too high in the handicap. But if he runs his race you never know.
He won his bumper here in good style on New Year’s Day and Noel has always rated this horse. But he didn’t look the quickest when winning there, so the decision to start out over 2m7f over hurdles doesn’t surprise me. And he is related to stayers, too. I haven’t sat on him recently but I did two or three weeks ago and I was pleased with him. I think this is a race that Noel has won with some good horses in the past, too.
He showed some fair form in novice hurdles last season and has faced some stiff tasks in his two chase starts to date, making a novicey mistake and falling at Fairyhouse last time when there were a couple of loose horses around him. He has been jumping well at home but this is a very tough task for him, and he probably would appreciate 3m better, too.
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