A possible stamina limitation is a concern since he appeared to be outstayed by Steel Park at Wexford and by Belord
at Limerick, but today's opposition looks weak, and it should help his cause that two of his principal rivals are coming back to the track after a lengthy absence.
And, in the divisions of the Mc-Carthy Insurance Group Maiden Hurdle, Eoghan O'Grady's THE BOOK THIEF and Limerick faller BELORD
, representing Edward O'Grady, appeal.
is worth backing in the Fred Winter.
Others to score highly include Lancetto, Casey Top, Call The Police, Capellanus and Belord
The rest of the Thurles card looks tricky, although the Michael O'Brien-trained AGAMARD, successful on the all-weather at Dundalk and runner-up to Baltiman at Cork recently, is preferred to higher-rated BELORD
in the Moycarkey Maiden Hurdle.
In the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle the last two winners have been 40-1 and 20-1 and Irish raider Belord
is worth an each-way interest.
John Joe Walsh, trainer of Belord
"The horse who ran third behind him when he won his maiden in November has won since, so that is encouraging.
Winner of a flat maiden at Fairyhouse, this filly faded after making a mistake at the second last flight to finish third behind Add Wings and Belord
in a similar maiden hurdle over this course and distance last month.
The John Kierans-owned Belord
was having his third run for the stable since arriving from Edward O'Grady's during the summer, and early signs are that he is very much enjoying the change of scenery after bolting up here under Kevin Coleman in the second of the 2m maiden hurdles on the card.
, which was withdrawn when refusing to line up for the Grade 1 juvenile hurdle at Punchestown, sets the standard in the opening New Forest Golf Club Maiden Hurdle.
Barry Geraghty, who was stood down following a fall from Belord
in the handicap hurdle won by Carnbridge, should be fit to resume tomorrow.
is my mount and, on all his form, he'll have to improve dramatically to get close to the big guns, particularly PUNJABI, which looks the one to beat.