Darren Bunyan is looking forward to saddling Hit The Bid in the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes after being delighted with his comeback effort at Tipperary.
Bunyan admitted being surprised with his stable star, who blew away the cobwebs on his first outing for 173 days with a bold effort in the Abergwaun Stakes.
He held every chance until tiring in the closing stages to finish sixth to Nitro Boost, beaten three lengths.
The Curragh handler is now counting the days to the Group One sprint over five furlongs at his local track on September 15.
“I’m absolutely over the moon. We couldn’t be happier with the horse,” said Bunyan.
“If anything I think he’s looking better than ever. I loved the manner he did things, he jumped and travelled so sweet throughout.
“He took a massive blow at the furlong pole. That’s what we wanted. And he got his second wind and went halfway round the back straight. He couldn’t get a pull out of him.
“The others were back in the parade ring before Chris (Hayes) was coming back up.
“That doesn’t mean he’s going to get further – he’s a five-furlong horse. It’s just the form he’s in.
“The horse had only two half-speeds going into the race and they were easy. They weren’t a proper piece of work. He surprised me.
“After the run, I genuinely think he’s better than ever and I can’t wait for the Flying Five.
“He was out in the paddock and has come out of it 110 per cent. He’s fresh and well and it’s all systems go.
“In the meantime he’ll do a few bits (of work). That race will have brought him forward and we’ll spend the next two weeks watching the skies.”