Sir Gerhard returned to the scene of his impressive hurdles debut to run out a decisive winner of the Gr.1 Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday. Last year’s Gr.1 Champion Bumper winner was not perfect at his hurdles for Paul Townend but the pair drew clear for a comfortable victory regardless. Sir Gerhard completed a Grade 1 six-timer at the Dublin Racing Festival for Willie Mullins, who was also winning this particular contest for the ninth time from the last ten renewals. Two of the last three winners of this race have gone on to triumph in the Gr.1 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, for which Sir Gerhard is entered. He also holds and entry in the Gr.1 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.