Champion Jockey Paul Townend is excited by the prospect of Chacun Pour Soi running over Christmas as the Willie Mullins trained gelding targets the Grade 1 Paddy's Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day.
The seven year old gelding beat no less than four previous Grade 1 winning novice chasers, including Defi Du Seuil, when successful at the Punchestown festival on his latest start last May and on St Stephen's Day returns to action.
Townend says “I was mightily impressed by him when he won in Naas (in March) and it would have been hard to get off an Arkle winner (Duc Des Genievres) in Punchestown to ride him but I wasn't at all surprised when he went by me down the straight. The ability is there and he is a natural jumper.
“I suppose he lacks experience but he didn't do anything wrong in Punchestown and he is one we are really really looking forward to.
“He is fragile enough and the main thing is to get him there.
“Last year the winter horses never got their ground at any stage throughout the season and when we went to Cheltenham it threw up some funny results to the form over here. It is national hunt racing and it needs to be on slower ground and I think slower ground will bring their ability through this year.”