The first eye-catcher of the 2023 Cheltenham festival was the Willie Mullins trained Diverge who was only having his third run over hurdles in the Grade One Supreme Novices' Hurdle and he ran a cracker off the pace to grab third.
Bought off the flat in France in December 2022, he made his hurdles debut for the yard at Leopardstown on Boxing Day when a good sixth of 27 runners behind High Definition.
Seen once more before the festival he got off the mark in very taking style when a 23 lengths winner of a two mile Maiden Hurdle.
Lacking more experience than most but the penny definitely dropping at Punchestown, Patrick Mullins took the ride at the Cheltenham Festival and staying on from the back of the field having been nursed into the race, in his first Grade One he was only six lengths behind the winner Marine Nationale.
Only just starting his career over hurdles, he has plenty of scope to keep improving and is one to keep an eye on for the future only being a five year old.