Spearheading the ante post markets and hailing from Closutton under Willie Mullins is six year old Stattler.
Beaten into third on his hurdle debut when a short priced favourite he looked to be outpaced by his rivals but kept on smartly.
He quickly made amends and won his maiden on his next outing. Paul Townend making better use of his mount’s stamina he forced the pace and showed his staying credentials to rattle home powerfully for a three length win.
He was then put away until the Dublin Racing Festival where he contended the Nathaniel Lacy 22 furlong novice hurdle. Unable to land a blow on Gaillard Du Mesnil he did however give away 2lbs to the winner who he finished five lengths behind.
He was keeping on but was seemingly tying up close to home and just got pipped for second by Gentlemansgame.
A creditable run in Grade One company saw him beaten by one of the leading fancies for the Ballymore and with more experience under his belt Stattler is likely to appreciate a well run three miles.
A leading fancy and will be hard to beat if taking to the trip.