Aramon could be in line for a tilt at next month's Galway Hurdle after Willie Mullins' seven-year-old defied top weight to land the Grade Three Grimes Hurdle in good style at Tipperary yesterday.
Aramon (9/2), last seen when second in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, put up an impressive display under Paul Townend when conceding 11lbs to former Irish Champion Hurdle winner Petit Mouchoir (11/10 favourite) and dishing out a two-length beating.
"He did well as he wasn't well treated at the weights. He looked big in the parade ring and hopefully he can improve again from it. He'll have plenty of weight wherever he goes, but I'm sure the Galway Hurdle could be a possibility for him," Townend said.
One of the stories of the day at the Tipp town track was the maiden hurdle victory for bargain buy Skyace, which had some good Bumper form for Mullins before being picked up for £600 by 'Shark' Hanlon and scoring on his jumping debut.
After his success in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, Aidan O'Brien said that the Irish Derby (7.15 Curragh) would come too soon for Santiago, so I was a little cautious about placing a bet when I saw the son of Authorized listed as the 3/1 favourite for this evening's Irish Classic.