Gaillard Du Mesnil is our selection in the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle with the Grade One event kicking off the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown
The five year old son of Saints Des Saints was highlighted at the start of the season to be a horse with bundles of ability, being bought by the Donnelly's and given to Willie Mullins to race this term having been a smart horse on the flat in France.
The gelding started his career over hurdles in November when finishing second to Holymacapony in what looked to be a hot maiden hurdle.
He improved massively for that run at Leopardstown over Christmas when getting off the mark for the first time in emphatic fashion, beating the field by close to 10 lengths.
Since that race the second and third have since gone on to bolt up in maidens giving that form line a massive boost.
Stepping up over 2m6f on Saturday will see what his stamina is like and entering his first Grade One event will challenge how good he actually is and we believe he can prove to be very special.