Le Vent takes step up ladder
Le Vent D'Antan went one better than on his fencing debut when taking the Ballymaloe Original Country Relish Beginners Chase at Leopardstown.
Davy Russell never let the front-running Balbir Du Mathan out of his sights and produced Liz Doyle's 7-4 favourite to lead early in the straight before they bypassed the final fence because of low sun to win by eight lengths.
"It's coming together with him. He made two shockers in Naas but still ran a really good race against a really good horse," said Doyle.
"Davy said he travelled so well and to keep him to two and a half miles for the time being. We'll probably go for the PJ Moriarty and have another look at him over the trip.
"I'm still not sure with him. His dam is by Dr Devious so he might be a three-mile horse. Davy was delighted with the way he jumped. He was good long and short and he got a great feel from him.
"I think the Martalines all want better ground. When he hit the better ground today coming out of the back, he picked up the bridle.
"Hopefully he's a nice horse, he still has a lot to prove. He beat some nice horses today, but he has to go and do it in Graded company. Hopefully he's a nice horse for the festivals."
Le Vent D'Antan has been introduced at 16-1 for the JLT Novices' Chase and the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival by RaceBets.
It has not been the best of meetings for Willie Mullins but at least he took the concluding race on day three, the Thornton's Recycyling INH Flat Race.
Up For Review (9-10 favourite), owned by Andrea and Graham Wylie, comfortably landed the odds by 10 lengths from Beyond The Obvious in the hands of the trainer's son, Patrick.
"I started working him in October and had him ready to run on November 1, but I just did too much with him and he went over the top so I decided to put him away," said Mullins snr.
"He was doing fantastic work at home and today he showed that work was right. He set a very, very strong pace. Patrick has a clock in his head and I knew that if he was going that pace, he was comfortable doing it. He burned off his rivals and nothing had a chance.
"He has pace, he stays and he jumps. He's got everything and I think he's a really nice horse for Mr and Mrs Wylie. He's one to look forward to. We'll probably go the bumper route and go to Cheltenham. He's really a chaser in the making.
"He's by Presenting, so his pedigree says he'll go on good ground, and when you see him gallop at home he really flicks his toe out. The good ground at Cheltenham should suit."