The first race of the afternoon at Leopardstown on Saturday is the Grade One Nathaniel Lacy Novice Hurdle over 2m6f and we are siding with the Barry Connell trained Good Land.
Although he unseating on hurdles debut this season at Fairyhouse when just pecking on landing at the first that can be put behind him because what he did at Leopardstown over Christmas was special and the form has worked out accordingly.
Winning over 2m4f at Leopardstown over Christmas he went on to beat a good field by eight lengths, with the big form boost coming from Embassy Gardens who he beat by close to 10 lengths.
Embassy Gardens has since gone on to score over 2m7f at Thurles beating a field by 35 lengths and he is now the second favourite for the Albert Bartlett.
Good Land beat that horse doing handstands and the extra two furlongs on Saturday looks no problem from the way he went away from the field last time out.
Any of the horses in this race have a chance, but we are hoping there is much more progression to come from this gelding.