Fast Buck ridden by Paul Townend was second to Fakir D’oudairies in a 2m maiden hurdle at Cork.
The winner is now among the favourites for the Supreme Novices Hurdle after winning at Cheltenham on Trial Day, so a reproduction of that run should make him hard to beat.
Batcio trained by my dad, Ted, won a bumper at Down Royal last November but hasn’t won a maiden hurdle yet. He’s hard to fancy.
Willie Mullins has Orion d’Aubrelle in this, but he was pulled up in the Irish National Trial at Punchestown and is hard to fancy.
My dad Ted runs Kildorrery and the step up in trip to 2m 4f should suit him as he’s finding 2m a bit sharp. He’s not a straight forward ride and is quite keen in his races, so needs to be helped up. He seems in good form and Michael Stenson claims 7lb off him.
Prince D’Aubrelle four-run unbeaten sequence ended at Punchestown on the same day when he was fifth behind Sinoria in a Listed Novice Hurdle.
He hadn’t run for a long, long time before that effort and should run an awful lot better on Sunday. He needed that outing and I reckon he can put up a far better show on Sunday.
Paul Townend rides Cadmium in the Grade 3 Chase and with just three other runners it should help him in his first run out of novice company.
Gordon Elliott’s Dr Phoenix doesn’t look to be in the same form as he was last year, so hopefully Cadmium can collect.