1m6f Flat winner TIMI ROLI made a promising start to his hurdling career when third in a decent maiden at Cork and, with improvement expected, he will prove extremely difficult to beat. Surf Instructor defied odds of 50/1 when a short-head second behind another Willie Mullins hot-pot at Limerick and the third has since franked that form. He rates the biggest threat ahead of Punchestown runner-up Icario.
TIMI ROLI produced a promising first effort over hurdles at Cork in November, and with improvement on the cards for his leading yard, he gets the nod to build on that now. Icario was a good second himself at Punchestown recently and is feared, as is Surf Instructor representing Henry de Bromhead.