Irish trainer Pat Doyle is no stranger to success. His stables on the outside of Holycross in Co. Tipperary has homed numerous famed thoroughbreds including the likes of First Lieutenant, Shattered Love and Bacardy’s, only to name a few.
Doyle appears to have another candidate worthy of being in the calculations for outings to Aintree or Punchestown as well as a plausible crack at the Irish Grand National with Flogas Novice Chase runner-up Kaiser Black.
Doyle acknowledged to being slightly flabbergasted with how well the 33/1 shot ran in the Grade One on Sunday, getting closer than anyone to the English raider La Bague Au Roi, who was given a supreme front-running ride by Richard Johnston.
The eight-year-old Kaiser Black had not been spotted on track since winning the Connacht National at Roscommon last June and Doyle has some ambitious targets to ponder of after that impressive run.
He insisted: “We probably have Punchestown in mind for him, he was never going to Cheltenham as he needs a flat track.
“We were a little bit surprised with how he ran. We rode him to finish where he finished and if we’d been a little more positive, we might have got closer to the mare. “We’ve plenty of options, we might go to Liverpool with him. He was last off the bridle, but I don’t think they went a great gallop.
“It was a beautiful run, he’s still a novice so we’ll probably go down that route. I don’t know what the handicapper will do to him because the Irish National is another possible opportunity”