Vautour looks spring-heeled as he heads to an easy win over fencesPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Vautour breezes to debut chase victory at Navan
Report: Navan, Sunday
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase 4yo+, 2m1f
VAUTOUR oozed class as he made a perfect start to life over fences, jumping well as he cruised to a wide-margin victory under Ruby Walsh at Navan.
The Supreme Novices' winner faced a big field on his first chase start but was sent off just 2-11 favourite and turned in a performance that will not have given backers even a moment's worry.
The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old was cut to 5-1 (from 6) for the Racing Post Arkle and to 3-1 favourite (from 7-2f) for the JLT Novices' Chase by Paddy Power. Coral made him 7-2 favourite for the Arkle.
"I thought he jumped super," said Walsh. "I thought he was amazing at the third last, he was clever and has loads of scope. I was full of confidence [coming into the race] and he was brilliant.
"What he did last year was spectacular, but we always knew he would make a chaser."
Walsh added he believed longer distances should be well within his mount's capabilities. "He's a brillant horse and I would say trip is of little consequence," he said.