Solatentif can get De Bromhead team back on track at Fairyhouse
Alan and Ann Potts's formidable Henry de Bromhead-Jonathan Burke axis suffered a setback when Sizing Granite was beaten on Sunday but they are trusted to regain the winning thread with Solatentif at Fairyhouse.
Such an exciting novice, Sizing Granite was denied just a head on his Naas reappearance by Devils Bride, which was race-fit and in-form. The winner also slightly impeded the runner-up on the run from the final fence.
While the stewards on the day found that he hadn't improved his position, the Pottses have lodged an appeal against the decision, so the final outcome of the Poplar Chase will not be established until that process is completed. They can gain some compensation in the meantime with Solatentif, which contests today's featured novices' hurdle at the Co Meath venue.
Just five runners are declared for the €14,500 event, but it is a tight race, with Akito, Grecian Tiger, Prickly and The Gatechecker all capable sorts. Michael Hourigan's The Gatechecker, in particular, is quite unexposed, so Barry Geraghty's mount is one to watch on his return.
However, Solatentif is race-fit and progressing nicely. A bumper winner on his 2014 track bow, he returned from a short break after disappointing at Galway to chase Long Dog home at Limerick.
Against a decent prospect, that was a performance in keeping with his earlier debut hurdling success at Gowran Park. If he runs to a similar level now, he should justify the nap vote.
Geraghty and JP McManus team up for some live contenders, notably Squouateur in the four-year-olds' maiden hurdle. In his sole previous start just days after officially turning four at Cork last January, Squouateur made a decent impression when fourth behind Walk To Freedom.
He travelled and jumped fluently, so, on the assumption that he will have strengthened up in the meantime, he should win a modest heat.
Geraghty can also take the beginners' chase aboard Charles Byrnes' Rock On Fruity, which was still in contention at Limerick last month when crashing two-out alongside Lord Scoundrel.