Tonto’s Spirit has been in fair form over fences recently and returns to the flat for the first time since a run on the all-weather in Newcastle in November 2017 – where he didn’t appear to appreciate the surface.
On his last flat start on the turf, he absolutely hacked up at Catterick on soft ground off a mark of 68 and finds himself in this small field off a mark just four pounds higher.
He again gets his favoured soft ground and only the in-form Maid In Manhatton looks to be a danger to him registering his third course win.
This doesn’t look the strongest handicap hurdle ever, and while the Cromwell second-string Father Ailbe is very interesting, Lever Du Soleil looks sure to go close here.
Lever Du Soleil was a fair juvenile hurdler last year, placing at Grade 3 level in Fairyhouse, but his form has taken off since having a little break after the Fairyhouse Easter Festival. Four trips to the UK, yielded four wins on the flat and with that his rating went from 54 up to 82.
He returned to hurdles at the Galway Festival off a mark of 125 and ran a cracker to be second to one that got away from the front. He is just three pounds higher here, but this looks an easier race than the one he contested at Galway.
There is every chance that he can regain the winning thread here.