Chalonnial made an impressive winning debut over hurdles at Bangor-on-Dee on Thursday.
A big rangy type, he is a horse we've always liked and showed plenty in two bumper runs last season, winning well at Wincanton before finishing third in a Listed event at Limerick on going that was virtually waterlogged.
Chalonnial displayed signs of inexperience on Thursday, which was hardly surprising on his first start over hurdles. But he jumped fluently in the main, led from half-way, going well, was clear at the last and kept on strongly to the line as he beat Santo de Lune by two and three quarter lengths.
Noel Fehily felt it was highly encouraging debut by a horse he believes has a bright future.
We will see how Chalonnial comes out of this race before making any plans but he is clearly smart and should make a lovely chaser one day.
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