Ruby Walsh adopted front running tactics in the soft underfoot conditions, but the 7 year old Gelding lost ground at several fences, giving the obstacles lots of air at times and finding little in the to the useful An Cathaoir Mor.
Cousin Vinny was eventually beaten by 4 1/2 lengths after being headed 3 out, Nicanor and An Cathaoir Mor appeared at first to have dead-heated, they passed the post together deadlocked but An Cathaoir Mor, under a supremely timed ride by David Casey held out by a short head.
Cousin Vinny opened at odds of 4-9 and drifted to 4-7, he is entered in a Novice Chase on Thyestes day in Gowran on Thursday and is sure to improve for the run. The opposition on the day might have proved slightly under rated as An Cathaoir Mor has earned a handicap mark of 133 following his victory and fine placed efforts behind River Liane and Captain Cee Bee.
Henry de Bromhead, trainer of An Cathaoir Mor has hinted at a possible tilt towards the Irish Arkle on Sunday, with Sizing Europe now bypassing that race and is heading straight to Cheltenham, de Bromheads charge must be fancied even in what will be a competitive field, with Mikael D'Haguenet, Zaarito, Osana and the Paul Nicholls trained Take The Breeze all declared.
Cousin Vinny will surely pick up a novice chase in due course and reward his followers, it may be a case of third time lucky but he is sure to improve and in better conditions, he may even be closer to even money the next day out, reversing a trend of starting odds on.
He is better than yesterdays race and should not be discounted.