Vanillier was picked up and moved to Gavin Cromwell’s yard for training under rules having been successful in a point to point at the second time of asking.
Well enough fancied on his hurdling debut, he put in a satisfactory performance to finish second by 11 lengths to an easy winner. With experience under him, Vanillier made amends and broke his maiden at the second time of asking at Naas.
Progressing well, he moved into graded company for his next run and was unlucky not to catch Farouk D’alene at the line. Looking like a stayer he was tried at the top table in Ireland in the Grade One Nathaniel Lacy Hurdle.
Not unfancied at 12/1 he didn’t hold his own in Grade One company and flopped back into 10th.
However, getting back to better ground, he bolted up last time out in the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham festival, seeing off most of these runners with ease.
That was a career best performance and there is a big chance he could follow up here if running to a similar level.