It was by no means the most high profile contest in Ireland last week, but in a three mile Grade 3 novice hurdle at Clonmel Chris’s Dream looked a horse of stellar potential.

The Henry de Bromhead-trained son of Mahler fetched £175,000 on the back of a maiden hurdle victory for Eugene O’Sullivan at Limerick in early December and he is a terrific purchase on the evidence of this debut for his new connections. Admittedly the Clonmel race fell apart somewhat, with the favourite Monkshood running no race whatsoever.