A six-year-old son of Elusive Pimernel, the bumper winner Five Bar Brian rates an extremely exciting prospect for novice hurdling this season. He had short stints with a couple of trainers prior to joining Deva Racing but remains lightly-raced and with limitless potential.
He was a promising second in a Newcastle bumper for Tim Reed on his racecourse debut, before crossing the Irish Sea to win a similar contest at Fairyhouse in January of this year for Willie Mullins.
In a sign of the regard in which he was held at Closutton, Five Bar Brian made his next appearance in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He travelled into the race like a good horse and looked sure to take a hand in the finish when ghosting into contention on the turn for home.
Although inexperience ultimately told and he tired late on, Five Bar Brian still posted an encouraging midfield finish in the most competitive race of its type of the year.
With a pedigree that traces back to a very smart Aga Khan family and by sire who continues to make a major impression over jumps, the sky is the limit for this imposing and impressive gelding.