Given that Venitien De Mai has all the hallmarks of a ropey-looking favourite, this beginners’ chase appears primed for a turn up and in the shape of PETER FROM PARIS (best price 9/1)
, the 10-year-old may just be capable of providing one if he can run to the level of his latest performance at Punchestown. Setting out to make all the running on chasing debut, the son of Pierre belied his starting price of 66/1 by hanging around on the scene for much longer than his odds suggested and as he only finished just behind subsequent winner Arctic Skipper in that race eventually won by Measureofmydreams, he appears to have been wrongly overlooked in the market based on those exploits.
If he fails to run up to scratch, MOUNT GUNNERY (best price 7/2)
is well worth a small saver in a two-pronged attack against the jolly. Pat Fahy’s inmate shaped with plenty of promise behind the highly-regarded Tell Us More at Gowran on only his second start over fences and he should be a good deal more streetwise on this occasion.