Peter Fahey believes Pride Of The Artic can put his experience to good use as he lines up in Sunday's Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown.
The seven-year-old is seeking his fifth successive victory in the Grade Two event after a fruitful spell since switching to fences. A winner at Down Royal in June, he added victories at Galway and Listowel before making the leap to Grade Three company with a win at Tipperary last time.
That form subsequently received a boost when runner-up Jacksonlady finished second behind Cristal Bonus in a Grade Two heat and Fahey is hoping his charge can now make his own mark at that level.
"He's in good form, he's been coming out of his races pretty well so far," the trainer said.
"He's on a roll at present and the key to him is his jumping. We're just hoping he can use his experience to good effect.
"He's a fair bit more experienced than a few of these and while he does have to give weight away, it's only a couple of pounds and it could be worse. He's won four chases so far after all but this is a step up on his previous races so far."
There will be plenty of attention on Grade Two hurdle winner Back In Focus in the two-mile-six-furlong event, but Fahey believes the Dessie Hughes-trained Lyreen Legend could be his biggest rival.
He said: "I've got plenty of respect for Back In Focus but the one I would fear most would be Lyreen Legend. He was a really good hurdler and looked pretty good when he won at Galway last month.
"We're hoping for a good run though and we will see what happens on Sunday before we make any plans."
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