Landofhopeandglory impresses on jumping bow
Landofhopeandglory's Flat quality was in evidence as he outclassed the opposition in the Racing On New Years Day 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse, catapulting him to the head of the Triumph Hurdle market.
The son of High Chaparral was the first of a handful of exciting Flat performers from Ballydoyle to have their attentions switched to the NH game, to carry the colours of JP McManus and to be trained by Joseph O'Brien.
The 10-11 favourite had plenty of ground to make up on tearaway leaders Icario and Dwilly but did do with the minimum of fuss, quickening through a gap on the run to the last, and he stretched a length and a half clear of staying-on stable companion Big Ben.
Paddy Power and Betfred both make him 12-1 favourite from 20-1 for the Triumph at Cheltenham in March.
The victory was one of four on the card for Barry Geraghty.
McManus' racing manager Frank Berry said: "We're delighted with him. He was a bit novicey at a few and should learn a good bit. You could only be pleased.
"We were delighted with the second and he'll come on from the run and learn a little bit.
"It probably wasn't the strongest race and you wouldn't want to get carried away but you can only be delighted.
"We'll take him home and see how he comes out of the race.
"That's the first two that we have there and there are a few more to come, although they haven't been off the ground yet so we'll see what happens down the road."