Did well over hurdles last season as a 4yo having been highly tried on each occasion, behind the likes of Zanahiyr and Quuilixios before a fine 2nd under a big weight in the Boodles Hurdle at the Festival. He then again ran well in Grade 1 company on his final start over hurdles. We marked him down as an interesting horse if sent over fences this season, reports suggest he’s schooled well and he’s very much of interest now he’s being sent over fences.
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Saint Sam, Trained by Willie Mullins
One who we feel wasn’t quite seen to best effect last season, having been asked to race in a number of small field conditions events, where at times he made the running, which didn’t seem to suit. His best run was when an excellent 2nd in the Boodles Hurdle at The Cheltenham Festival, a race that saw him ridden with patience in the middle of the pack and finish his race off really strongly into 2nd place. He was giving the winner and 3rd a stone, and the fact the winner then went on to win a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse and then a Grade 1 at Punchestown, shows Saint Sam faced an impossible task giving the Cheltenham winner a stone. He’s bred to jump a fence, has the size and scope for fences and is a horse we’re looking forward to seeing again, over hurdles or fences.