pesoto can take on vulnerable zaarito
The novice chase at Naas tomorrow will make for compulsive viewing, with the hugely frustrating Zaarito bidding to erase the memory of two bad falls.
Having crashed out at the third fence in the Arkle Chase in January, Colm Murphy's charge looked poised to pounce in another Grade One when taking a horrendous fall at the last in the Dr PJ Moriarty Chase last month.
That was his third spill in five chasing starts and, while it is with some reluctance that he is opposed, it is hard to recommend a horse that is fast becoming a hazard to its own health.
Davy Condon is one of the best young riders around and will give Zaarito every chance of completing but, with industry figures suggesting the partnership could go off odds-on, they must be taken on.
Furthermore, the hope would be that Zaarito's presence in the field will push out the price of his opponents. More specifically, the price of Pesoto is the offering we would like to see inflated.
First sent chasing at Punchestown in December 2008, Edward O'Grady's French import was second to no less than Joncol on that occasion.
Thrown straight into the big league in a Grade One at Leopardstown next time, it's no surprise that the then five year-old struggled, and O'Grady opted not to run his new recruit over fences again until he reappeared at Limerick last November.
On that occasion, Pesoto ran out a facile winner from Swift Counsel and Larkwing, both of which complimented the form by going on to score chasing victories of their own.
Pesoto again came up short when tackling Grade One opponents in the Drinmore Chase in November, and this is the first time we have seen him since.
Clearly well thought of by his in-form handler, Andrew McNamara's mount has a more realistic chance of scoring now, not least if Zaarito fluffs his lines again. At a forecast 4/1, he could prove excellent value.
Also at Naas, Casey Supreme is worth considering in the Lucan Racing Leinster National. A brilliantly consistent horse, he has won or been placed in four of his last five runs.
On his latest outing in January, Casey Supreme was his usual game self when third in a Punchestown Grand National trial.
Although Rare Bob is a class horse at the head of the weights, this isn't as competitive as some of Casey Supreme's recent targets. He is marginally out of the handicap, but ought to thrive off such a light weight.