Suited by a test of stamina and soft ground, Ad Idem
warmed-up for the Troytown over hurdles at Naas recently, when failing narrowly to He'llberemembered, and might reward each-way support in a very tricky race.
Tony O'Heh**What they say Pauline Gavin, trainer of Ad Idem
"He seems to be grand and came out of the Troytown well.
10: ROI DU MEE (D N Russell, 6-4f) 1; Ad Idem
(7-4) 2; Alpha Ridge (2-1) 3.
is a best price 20-1 with the sponsor, who make the Willie Mullins-trained On His Own 7-1 favourite prior to this morning's final declarations.
Seven days ago County Galway trainer Pauline Gavin suffered the disappointment of seeing victory in the Troytown Chase at Navan snatched from her grasp as Groody Hill mounted a powerful late challenge to edge ahead of Ad Idem
NO match for classy Flat Out in a beginners chase at Punchestown on Saturday, but posted a solid effort, bouncing back from a fall on fencing debut at Down Royal.
This Saddlers Hall gelding has run creditably over hurdles and fences this season, including a solid second to Ad Idem
(a good second in a competitive handicap here on Sunday) at Thurles.
The Ladbrokes-sponsored feature produced a wonderful finish in which Groody Hill battled up the final climb to edge out Ad Idem
, who seemed to have the race in safe keeping after Cross Appeal had lost momentum when pitching badly over the last.
A novice hurdle, over two miles and seven furlongs, at Navan on March 14 and a trip to Fairyhouse at Easter are on the cards for Ad Idem
following his odds-on victory in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle.
Groody Hill, trained by Christy Roche, was completing a hat-trick, and after he got up to beat Ad Idem
by half a length McManus's racing manager Frank Berry said: "Jumping the last I put down my binoculars as I thought he was going to finish only third.
Although probably not the most dependable, Tony Martin's 117-rated Siberian Tiger must have an outstanding chance in the opening Holy Cross Maiden Hurdle while the Pauline Gavin-trained Ad Idem
might outstay his rivals in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle.
Pauline Gavin, trainer of Ad Idem
"He likes Navan, as he's won there and finished in the first four on his other three visits.