Henry de Bromhead plans to let Bob Olinger “do the speaking” within the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle.
Spectacular in successful a point-to-point and a Gowran Park bumper final season, Bob Olinger made a promising begin to his hurdling profession when pushing final season’s Champion Bumper winner Ferny Hole all the way in which in November.
The Sholokhov gelding duly went one higher at prohibitive odds when stepped up two and a half miles at Navan final month, and can bid to comply with up on the prime degree in Wednesday’s rescheduled Grade One.
“We’ll let him do the speaking and see. He works rather well, and we like him rather a lot, so fingers crossed he’ll do it on the monitor,” de Bromhead advised Sky Sports activities Racing final week.
“We’ll get (this race) out of the way in which and we’ll know extra then. He gained his point-to-point and appeared good at Navan the opposite day.
“He is obtained loads of tempo as properly, although. We’ll in all probability enter him for the three novice hurdles at Cheltenham and see nearer the time, however in my thoughts will probably be both the Supreme or the Ballymore, versus the Albert Bartlett.”
Willie Mullins depends on Blue Lord in a bid so as to add to his report haul of eight victories within the Grade One contest.
The French import appeared a high-class recruit when successful on his Irish debut at Punchestown, and connections are optimistic that he can show his price in Grade One firm.
Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father, stated: “We have been very impressed with Blue Lord in Punchestown. We expect there’s loads of enchancment to return from him.
“He is a horse who will leap a fence in time, however we expect he’s as much as Grade One degree, and this can inform us extra.
“He got here to us very well-schooled and he has at all times jumped properly at ours.
“It is a massive step up, however that is the way in which the programme is in Eire. You are solely taking up horses with one or two extra runs, in order that’s not a serious fear.”
Ashdale Bob and Crosshill give Jessica Harrington a powerful hand.
Having claimed Grade Two honours within the Navan Novice Hurdle simply over three weeks in the past, Ashdale Bob arguably units the usual right here – whereas stablemate Crosshill gained by 11 lengths on his hurdling bow earlier than at Punchestown earlier than chasing residence Energy Of Pause on the identical venue.
“Ashdale Bob gained the final day in Navan, and we have been very proud of him,” stated Harrington’s daughter and assistant, Kate.
“Crosshill was very spectacular over two and a half miles when successful his maiden hurdle, and that kind has labored out properly. We dropped again to 2 miles the final day, and I feel we obtained the ways fallacious on that event.
“The step again up in journey will certainly go well with.”
Gordon Elliott, who has landed three of the final 4 renewals with Demise Responsibility (2017), Battleoverdoyen (2019) and Envoi Allen (2020), saddles two outsiders in Extensive Receiver and Ragnar Lodbrok.
He advised Betfair: “Extensive Receiver is rated 130, however I feel he’s higher than his score suggests – and his kind to this point this season is nice.
“His second to Ashdale Bob in a Navan maiden hurdle seems like an excellent run in hindsight, and I used to be delighted together with his effort at Leopardstown over Christmas when he gained a maiden hurdle in good model – I might see him operating a giant race.
“In reality Ragnar Lodbrok faces a stiff sufficient job right here. However he is in good kind, and I feel if he can put collectively an inexpensive spherical of leaping, he might give a superb account of himself.”
Gavin Cromwell’s Gabynako and the Noel Meade-trained Flanking Maneuver, who gained a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle lower than a fortnight in the past, are the opposite hopefuls.
Meade stated: “It is a Grade One race and a giant leap up from a maiden, however we just like the horse and stated we might have a rattle at it.
“Placing the race again three days is a assist, and he took his maiden race win rather well.
“He really by no means misplaced a pound from someday to the following, and that was a part of the rationale that we determined to run. He misplaced no weight in any respect.”