A PLUS TARD (NAP) (best price 11-8) isn’t your archetypal Henry De Bromhead novice chaser in terms of physique, but he appears to have as much ability as several of his previous stars in this category and following a smooth success over a useful field at Naas last time out, the youngster is strongly fancied to take the step up in grade in his stride.

Brought over from the French provinces, the son of Kapgarde made a pleasing start to his career from his new surroundings when runner-up to the useful Dr Mikey at Gowran and given that was off the back of a 233-day break, huge improvement was expected on his latest outing.

In a well-run affair at the Co Kildare venue, the five-year-old jumped immaculately before going on outstay the well-backed Duc De Geneivres, and with the form of that race boosted by the likes of Ministerofsport and Midnight stroll since, it would be a shade disappointing if he couldn’t build on that excellent performance 26 days and perhaps allow connections to start thinking about dusting down their tweed suits for Cheltenham. 


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