Moore says: "The obvious race for Graphic Equaliser
was the Ladbroke.
The picture change dramatically in the short home straight as the leader gave way, and Graphic Equaliser
was produced to challenge for the lead between the final two hurdles.
Conor O'Dwyer, who rode Graphic Equaliser
and also partnered Redundant Pal to the second of his wins in the race in 1990, will be attempting to capture the prize for the first time as a trainer with Uncle Tom Cobley.
was the first to crack, Advocat didn't last much longer and soon Tidjani and Nahrawali were fighting for third place.
had help from above as Arthur Moore, The Ladbroke king, struck again at Leopardstown yesterday.
Moore won it again in 1998 with Graphic Equaliser
, but further success has eluded him in a contest in which Jessica Harrington (Dance Beat, 1996, and Studmaster, 2006) and Pat Hughes (Mantles Prince, 2000, and Grinkov, 2001) are the only other current trainers to have been successful on more than one occasion.
Big-race specialist Moore, who grabbed the valuable pot ten years ago with Graphic Equaliser
, goes into action with Tiger Cry and Lenrey.
Favourite Graphic Equaliser
could be a handicap snip.
Commanche Court has obviously got a big chance but the one I am afraid of is Graphic Equaliser
, who I feel has the ability," says Walsh.
The brother to Ladbroke Hurdle winner Graphic Equaliser
should make a good novice chaser, with connections thinking of sending him over fences soon.
And Arthur Moore, who farmed the race during its previous incarnations under the Sweeps and Ladbroke banner, winning it five times between 1979 and 1988, but without a win since Graphic Equaliser
triumphed 10 years ago, left three horses in the race.
is 11-4 favourite with the sponsors for Saturday's Tote Gold Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Newbury.