One of the biggest eye-catchers of the weekend was the Charles Byrnes trained hurdler Blazing Khal who was having his first run for 428 days.
Winning on his final start in 2020 in bumpers, he was then sent over hurdles and turned into a different animal, winning on his debut in a 2m3f maiden at Galway and then off the back of that was sent to Cheltenham twice over 2m5f and 3m and landed a hat-trick of races, his last event in a Grade Two, beating he smart Gelino Bello for the second time.
He was the leading favourite for the Grade One Albert Bartlett at the 2022 Cheltenham festival before picking up an injury and he was not seen since then until Sunday when returning in the Grade Two William Hill Boyne Hurdle at Navan.
Taking on a field of experienced stayers, he looked none the worse for his time off the track going on to win the race by three lengths from Meet And Greet.
Always set to improve on that first run in over a year the Stayers Hurdle market installed him as the new favourite for the race, being a best price of 5/2 from 6/1.