He had and eye-catching performance on debut at Cork last month and like all of Aidan O’Brien’s charges, he took another step forward when running a nice race in a strong looking maiden at the Curragh – with the second and fifth in that race both winning since.
His run the last day at the Curragh really caught the eye. He sat out the back for most of the race and he had a wall of horses in front of him 2f out, but stayed on really well when slightly hampered and wasn’t given the hardest ride when his chances had gone. That was only his fifth career run and just a second on turf. He looks to have plenty of improvement in him.
He won over 1m here at Leopardstown three weeks ago and should go close again here too off 7lb higher. Always close to the pace, he really picked up the last furlong that day and if anything, he should really appreciate the step up in trip.
The wide draw is a slight negative here for him, but he might just get away with it over this trip. He was second the last day at Gowran Park. He was doing his best work late and may have got in front with another 50 yards.
The ground looks key to this one. He never looked fully at home on the winter ground over hurdles, but back here on quick ground of the summer months should really suit him. This is his first run for Willie Mullins on the Flat and he should be too good for these. Don’t be surprised to see this rock up on day one of Galway in the 2m Amateur Handicap.