Land hopes for Fairyhouse win
Landofhopeandglory bids to cement his position as JCB Triumph Hurdle favourite in the Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
Joseph O'Brien: Trains Landofhopeandglory
The High Chaparral gelding was formerly a smart stayer on the Flat for Aidan O'Brien, finishing fourth in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot and second in the Curragh Cup during the summer.
He was one of a number of O'Brien horses to be purchased by JP McManus for the switch to jumping under the eye of the trainer's son, Joseph, and is two from two so far over timber.
The latter said: "It will be by far the strongest race he's run in, that's for sure. From here on the races are only going to get tougher and tougher. We'll learn about him with each run as he learns about it, too.
"For me whatever the ground is won't be an issue, if it's nice ground that is obviously no problem. Saying that he handled soft ground well enough the last day, but he obviously handled good ground on the Flat, so the ground is no issue."
Opposition in the Grade Three event is led by the Gordon Elliott-trained Mega Fortune, a faller on his jumping bow at Thurles but very impressive when making no mistake subsequently at Down Royal.
Elliott also runs Dakota Moirette, while Willie Mullins is represented by French import Bapaume in the Rich Ricci colours.
Gavin Cromwell is another to unleash a French recruit in the shape of Soir De Chantenay.
He said: "He won three moderate races in France, and because of that we are very limited in where we can go. It is the first race of the season that he can actually run in.
"We are just testing the water with him to see how he gets on. He is probably in at the deep end, it's a big step in class and he has penalties as well."
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