The selection has gone off at fancy prices on all three runs including the Thirsk outing when friendless at 80/1. He certainly outran that market value and no doubt was quietly entered into many a notebook.
Irv has respectable speed figures to date which give him a serious frame chance in a wide-open contest but there looks more to come over another furlong on his first try in handicap company.
SWORDBILL (Kempton, 8.30) was a tidy winner at Chelmsford in first-time cheekpieces, overcoming a stumble in running at a vital stage as the pace was quickening. He did well to recover and score cosily, and tonight’s step up in trip could induce more improvement.