Landofhopeandglory ready for O'Brien chase debut at age of four
Boyle Novice Chase | 2m | 4yo+ | ATR
Ireland's most exciting young trainer is certainly not afraid to try new things. Joseph O'Brien is only 24 but is not copying the crowd when it comes to novice chasers as he sends Landofhopeandglory over fences at the age of just four.
Landofhopeandglory is not just any four-year-old either. He is a 144-rated four-year-old who had a three-figure rating on the Flat and was ante-post favourite for the Triumph Hurdle midway through the last jumps season. He is an imposing individual built for fences, and O'Brien feels his brave decision is the right one.
"He's a grand, big horse who has schooled well over fences and we feel the break he had after Cheltenham has done him good," he said.
"It's a very competitive race and it's obviously a huge ask but I'm looking forward to seeing how he fares."
'He's ready for it'
He added: "I know some people might think it's strange to see a four-year-old heading over fences so soon, but it's not like he's a store horse; he's more like a French four-year-old as he had so much experience on the Flat. We feel he's ready for it."
Landofhopeandglory's first chasing test at Roscommon is a tough one as he faces Townshend, already a two-time winner over fences, and Grade 2 hurdle winner Peregrine Run, who was sent off at only 7-1 for the Coral Cup at Cheltenham in March having won four on the spin between August and November.