It’s a conundrum at the top of the market as Cheltenham foes and potential future stars, Kilcruit and Sir Gerhard face off once more, this time for the Grade One Champion INH Flat race.
Willie Mullins has won seven of the last nine renewals of this race and is represented by both runners at the head of affairs.
Kilcruit was the runner up in the Champion Bumper, although he does appear to be the better stayer of the two, having kept on as a fast finisher to reduce the winners lead to just an eventual half a length.
You could quite easily warrant a calculated ante-post bet for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle based on those exploits however the issue remains...
It all goes back to the classic dilemma of stamina versus speed and last times tactical affair is likely to play out once more.
Kilcruit did go off favourite when the pair went head to head last time out and was mightily impressive in his two prior runs, winning by nine and 12 lengths respectively.
Kilcruit’s rider Derek O’Connor will be much more aware of the risks Sir Gerhard poses if having an easy lead so will be keen to suppress such a threat this time around.