Glencove Marina produced a highly impressive display at Thurles in a class field to signal his intentions ahead of a big season; the horse that used to be trained by Willie Mullins was in fine form as he dispatched three other Group 1 winners. He is a horse that was pulled up on his seasonal debut last month but clearly came on for the run and hardly put a foot wrong on Thursday afternoon. He was too good for a field that included former Guinness Gold Cup Winner Notre Pere and Rare Bob who is another who has won at the very highest level in Ireland. The win was impressive and he will now embark on a campaign that could end with a big race at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Barry Geraghty looked confident on board the winner throughout the 2m 6f contest and new trainer Eoin Griffin will be excited about the season ahead, Glencove Marina has been priced up by some bookies for the Gold Cup but is more likely to go down the RSA Chase route at the Cheltenham Festival. It does have to be said that Notre Pere looked in decent shape in second place, he was outpaced over the final half mile but was staying on well and will look forward to stepping back up in trip soon ahead of a potential Festival or Grand National tilt in the new year. Glencove Marina does have an entry in the Hennessy Gold Cup at the end of the month and it will be interesting to see if he takes his chance at Newbury, Griffin though has said he is by no means certain to run with the trip a slight worry.