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Following his effortless rout at the Tipperary track last weekend, Quel Esprit is the pick of the entries in the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles on Thursday.

However, next month's Hennessy Gold Cup would be a far more meaningful assignment for the grey.

Should Willie Mullins give Thursday's Grade Two a swerve, it could present an opportunity for Roberto Goldback.

Second to Follow The Plan, which is also entered, in 2011, Dessie Hughes' charge ran his best race since unseating at Punchestown last May when an eye-catching fourth in the Lexus Chase.

If he comes on for that again, he ought to have a big say in proceedings.

Irish Independent