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Valseur Lido stakes early claim for star status


Valseur Lido has the race in the bag at the final fence

Valseur Lido has the race in the bag at the final fence

Valseur Lido has the race in the bag at the final fence

Each and everyone of the four graded races on yesterday's Bar One Racing backed card carried its own piece of intrigue and even the concluding bumper was full of murmurs about potential stars, but there was no doubt the Drinmore Novice Chase was the race most people were anticipating most and in Valseur Lido it certainly appears to have thrown up a star.

The Tullow Tank was sent off favourite, while there was no secret about how highly Noel Meade regards Apache Stronghold while the Gigginstown pair of Valseur Lido and Real Steel were also very highly respected by their trainers.


Valseur Lido has done little wrong since joining Willie Mullins and his only two defeats came when far from disgraced behind Vautour in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and then again behind Faugheen in the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown - both over the inadequate trip of two miles.

After seeing off Apache Stronghold by eight lengths up the straight yesterday, the middle leg of the Gigginstown House treble, begun by Lieutenant Colonel, was introduced at 6/1 for the JLT and 10/1 for the RSA.

"He jumped well for a horse having just his second start - he was clever and keeps doing more than I think he's able to do. At the moment I would be thinking he would be a RSA type of horse," said Mullins.

Both horses at the head of the bumper market were extremely highly thought of by Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott but it was Henry de Bromhead's 25/1 shot Identity Thief who completed a treble on the card for Gigginstown.