Facile Vega put up one of the performances of the week when landing the Grade One Champion Bumper in horrific, testing conditions and off the back of what he has done so far in his career, he is all but certainly going to be the talking horse for the Novice Hurdle events at next years festival.
Beautifully bred out of six time Cheltenham festival winner Quevega and Walk In The Park, he made his rules debut on Boxing Day at Leopardstown when easily seeing off a good field by six lengths.
He massively improved for that run when last seen in the Dublin Racing festival landing the Grade Two Future Stars bumper by 12 lengths, showing a turn of foot rarely seen so early on in a horses career.
The favourite for this seasons Champion Bumper, when the rain came down making the conditions heavy, many thought it would not play to his strengths.
However, good horses tend to run in any ground and that is exactly what happened with the gelding when pulling clear of market rival American Mike to win by close to four lengths.
With the speed he possesses, it looks like the Supreme will be his preferred location next season and with some firms offering 4/1, it looks a bet that is only going to get shorter as the season goes on.