A six-year-old son of Elusive Pimpernel trained by Oliver Greenall, the bumper winner Five Bar Brian rates an exciting prospect for novice hurdling this season.
He was an eyecatching 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 2020 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. 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.
He has since made his debut over hurdles, at Ayr in October, where he finished an encouraging second. He travelled strongly into the race and looked likely to win approaching the last, only to be run down in the closing stages after a slight mistake and due to the lack of a recent run.
It was still a terrific hurdling debut and it is a mere formality that Five Bar Brian will break his duck over obstacles soon. Expect to hear plenty more about this exciting horse in the future.