Sams Profile efficiently reverted to the smaller obstacles with a hard-fought victory within the John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park.
The Mouse Morris-trained seven-year-old was narrowly crushed in a Grade One novice hurdle on the Punchestown Pageant two years in the past, however was not seen once more till falling on his chasing bow at Thurles in November.
He ran with loads of credit score when third behind behind the thrilling Monkfish at Fairyhouse 9 days later – however feeling it was getting too late within the season to proceed over fences, Morris determined to change his cost again to hurdles for this Grade Two contest.
Given a affected person journey by Phillip Enright, Sams Profile started to make important inroads on the leaders from the house flip and held a slender lead approaching the ultimate flight.
A messy leap did him no favours, however Enright’s mount dug deep in a sluggish movement end to carry off the rallying Diol Ker by half a size.
Paddy Energy reduce the winner to 16-1 from 66-1 for the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
Morris, who gained the Galmoy Hurdle along with his former Gold Cup hero Struggle Of Attrition in 2010, stated of Sams Profile: “He hasn’t been straightforward and fractured ribs at Thurles from the horrible fall he acquired and he ran with it afterwards.
“He bled when he acquired residence after his Fairyhouse run and it was the vets who discovered it. He bruised his lungs and we gave him field relaxation.
“He’s as powerful as previous boots and it was simply a kind of issues in Thurles, however it acquired too late within the yr (to proceed novice chasing).
“He had a few good runs, however is not the luckiest horse on the planet. The Stayers’ Hurdle might be pencilled in now.”
The coach was eager to reward Enright, including: “Being fairly frank with you, I assumed perhaps he was a bit far again on the high of the hill, however it’s a must to take it off to him – he’s a cool dude.
“He was useless proper and I used to be unsuitable.”