Picts heading to Punchestown

King Of The Picts will chart a route towards the Punchestown Festival following his pleasing performance at Aintree.

Pat Shanahan's consistent five-year-old put the gloss on a satisfying campaign when taking third place behind Josses Hill in the Grade Two Top Novices' Hurdle on Merseyside.

King Of The Picts is not finished just yet, though, and will try his luck back at the top table in the Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle on April 29.

Shanahan said: "I was very pleased with him in Liverpool.

"He's been knocking on the door in good races all season and he's due to win a big one.

"We'll stick him in the Grade One at Punchestown and hope that the ground stays on the good side, like it was in Liverpool."