Mount kicks off chase career
Mount Benbulben, one of the best novice hurdlers in Ireland last season, makes his debut over fences in the Panoramic Restaurant Raceday Hospitality Beginners Chase at Punchestown.
The seven-year-old, a winning point-to-pointer, won a Grade Two at Navan last season before chasing home Boston Bob in a Grade One back at that track.
He was last seen finishing seventh in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March behind the ill-fated Brindisi Breeze on ground which he found too quick.
His trainer Gordon Elliott said: "I can't wait to get him back out. He's schooled very well and he's always been viewed by us as a chaser. We've not been able to get him away for a racecourse gallop though, so he is bound to come on for the run.
"He looks made for fences. He was good last year, but we hope he'll have an even better season this year."
Lyreen Legend is another smart novice hurdler from last season making his chasing debut. Dessie Hughes' five-year-old finished a close third to Dedigout in the Cathal Ryan Memorial Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in April.
The trainer said: "He jumps well at home. He won't mind the ground, but if it got very heavy then he might just need the run. It's a nice track for him to make his chasing debut at, though.
"He was nearly up to Grade One class over hurdles and I've been really looking forward to seeing him over fences. It will be a good race."