Prince on Drinmore trail
Paul Nolan is aiming Noble Prince at the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse next weekend, despite missing an engagement at Punchestown last week.
The six-year-old looked as though he could take high rank over fences when making a winning debut in October and Nolan had hoped to get more experience into him before stepping up to the highest level, but a stone bruise prevented that.
"He seems to be 100% and he'll have missed very little and is still on course for the Drinmore," said the County Wexford handler.
"The last few years it has taken place in dour conditions. We were second to Pandorama last year with Alpha Ridge and there was a distance back to the third.
"With the weather we are having now it doesn't seem like it is going to be any different.
"This year it seems to be a very, very competitive contest on entries. Jessies Dream was very impressive at Galway, you have Mikael D'Haguenet who is reportedly going to run, so it is a very good race on paper - certainly more competitive than last year's race.
"Noble Prince is a completely different type to Alpha Ridge. He looks a mudlark whereas Noble Prince is pacy, so testing ground would be a worry. I'd say it will be a three-mile race over two and a half."
Also set to line up is Jessica Harrington's Bostons Angel, a seven-length winner at Down Royal earlier in the month.
"Bostons Angel has taken to fences really well and I'm delighted with him," said Harrington, who also runs Summit Meeting in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.
"He ran a really nice race behind a nice horse of Noel Meade's (Thegreatjohnbrowne) first time and then won very nicely on his next start. The Drinmore will be his next race."