May not be all plain sailing for the Henry de Bromhead trained Petit Mouchoir on chase debutAs exciting as Petit Mouchoir may have been last season over hurdles, picking up the fighting fifth and then going on to greater glory in the Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, there is an element of doubt that either the price of 4/9 for victory on chase debut, or this time of year really is ideal for betting purposes for Davy Russell's mount.
Caution advisedWhilst interest will be high on this debut outing, for backing purposes, it is noted that as the season rolls on, his performances have improved. Indeed, he ran around 4lbs lower on seasonal debut last season than he did when signing off here in April 2016 just finishing behind Don't Touch It in a novice hurdle.
Money invested on this Gigginstown star may be better waited with until a run or two have been witnessed, this despite the fact the yard one the race last year at tight odds with Some Plan.
Is there an alternative?Gordon Elliot saddles BRELADE. With a novice chase under his belt and a decent runner-up spot to boot, he may offer better value at around the 7/2 mark. He looked to disappoint in the closing stage when not quite finding a finish that looked certain to come, but chase debut and heavy conditions may have played their part and with that experience now firmly tucked away, we may see a better closing stage performance today.
There is no doubt that in time, Petit Mouchoir will turn out the best chaser of this lineup, but just for today, and against the follow-up attempt from Henry de Bromhead, Gordon Elliot is taken to spoil the party. Look out for the McManus crew with no fewer than 5 running in the gold and green, of the quintet, Kilfenora could be the one to watch having made a chasing debut but falling at Galway just over a week ago