Dreal Deal continued his exceptional profitable sequence as he sprang a shock on his first try at Grade Two stage with victory within the Sky Guess Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle.
Ronan McNally’s six-year-old drifted available in the market and was despatched off an unconsidered 22-1 shot at Punchestown to submit his sixth successive victory, over hurdles and on the Flat.
However after being held up final early on within the two-mile contest, he surged from properly off the tempo to steer simply after the ultimate flight and prevail by a decisive three lengths from the Willie Mullins-trained Ganapathi, beneath Denis O’Regan.
Gordon Elliott’s 11-4 favorite Magic Tips got here beneath stress leaving the again straight and was finally final of six finishers.
Dreal Deal’s progress by the ranks has been astounding this season.
The previous maiden point-to-pointer started it as an apparently uncovered performer, with no victory in 11 makes an attempt beneath each codes, but is since unbeaten – having damaged his duck over hurdles from a handicap score of 84 at Navan in September and gained right here at stage weights from a subject filled with the massive yards’ most promising novices.
McNally now has his sights on Cheltenham and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
He stated: “He will not be going to the Dublin Racing Pageant in Leopardstown and can in all probability go to Cheltenham now. I feel he is entitled to go there now.
“If we have now to go for a lesser race in between, we’ll try this, and if not it is going to be straight to Cheltenham.
“He’ll in all probability go for the Supreme, however he can be entered within the Ballymore as properly. That was the dream, however he needed to go and try this right now.
“He is completed it now – so we will dream!”
O’Regan added: “He can journey actual properly, however it simply takes him some time to get going – and fortunately he obtained going within the straight. He’d a superb leap on the final and gained all proper in the long run.
“He is positively entitled to step up into greater firm once more, and it is one thing to sit up for. Nicely completed to Ronan and the workforce.”