Beaten a head by Istabraq in the December Festival Hurdle 2001, Bust Out
was sidelined due to a leg injury until returning to action this season.
However, those bold enough to back the triple Champion Hurdle winner at 4-11 were given a fright by Bust Out
who fought all the way to the line despite being hampered by the second-flight fall of Liss A Paoraigh.
Best known for almost upsetting Istabraq in the 2001 December Festival Hurdle, Bust Out ran another JP McManus-owned big name, Le Coudray, to half a length in the Denny Gold Medal Novice Chase last month.
Bust Out has that Festival race as his target and his performance behind Le Coudray last month when there was a 20-length gap back to Ricardo, who reopposes tomorrow, virtually guarantees that the seven-year-old will start a short-priced favourite for the eight-runner event.
Conor O'Dwyer, rider of Jurado Express, who is unbeaten in two starts over fences for Arthur Moore, said: "He's done everything right and has to have a decent chance, although Bust Out will be hard to beat.
Paddy Power: 11-10 Bust Out, 5 Jurado Express, Alexander Milenium, 7 Soltero, 10 Native Scout, 12 One Night Out, Rathgar Beau, 16 Ricardo.
Harrington said: "If Bust Out
comes out of the race in good nick he'll run in the Denny Gold Medal Chase at Leopardstown.
CLOSE: Bust Out
, narrowly beaten by Istabraq; EACH WAY CHANCE: Liss A Paoraigh
runners-up berth after their pride and joy, Bust Out, had given the mighty Istabraq a real fright before losing out by only a head in Saturday's Tote December Festival Hurdle.
Bust Out, who has won four of his nine races and finished out of the money only once, is the second horse the syndicate has had with Jessica Harrington after a successful initial venture with Miss Orchestra, who gave them a day to savour when winning the 1998 Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.
Aidan Burns, manager of Skerries Golf Club in the north of County Dublin, is the spokesman for the enthusiastic group, who had been encouraged by Harrington to believe that Bust Out would run a good race against the three-time Champion Hurdle winner.
Members of the group now hope Bust Out will tackle the AIG Europe Champion Hurdle en route to the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
This five-year-old showed distinct promise at Fairyhouse recently when finishing fourth behind Bust Out in a competitive maiden event.
Bust Out boosted the form with a good third to Ned Kelly at Leopardstown on Wednesday while runner-up What A Native progressed to win his maiden at Navan by fifteen lengths.
ONE TO FOLLOW: Barry Cash on Limestone Lad; WINNER: Bust Out boosted the form recently