What is it they say? Form is temporary...class is permanent. That old chestnut seems to hold good for Janidil, who is one of four runners trained by Willie Mullins in a six strong field for the Grade 2 Devenish Chase, over two-and-a-half miles at Fairyhouse (16:20) on Easter Monday afternoon.
The eight-year-old comes here for a drop in class after eight successive tilts at Grade 1 company, some of which have produced high class efforts in defeat.
Who remembers his John Durkan run, when he would have had supporters of the outstanding Allaho showing some concern with his run against that champion. Even his latest, effort, when beaten by further by the same horse in the Ryanair was better than the rest of this field are capable of.
Officially rated 164, he is 2lb better off with stable companion Easy Game than if this were a handicap and 1lb better off with another of his fellow Closutton inmates, Blackbow, than if this were in that company.
That other Mullins pairing look capable of making it a 1-2-3 for the great trainer but I'm taking Janidil to appreciate this drop in grade and take advantage of it, with a first win since beating Franco De Port in the Grade 1 novices' chase on this card 12-months ago.