The Cormac Doyle-trained Éclair Surf annihilated his opposition in the five-year-old geldings’ maiden at Bandon, when coming home a distance clear of his closest pursuer. The French-bred son of Califet shaped with plenty of promise when third on his debut in a four-year-old maiden back in the Autumn. Getting off the mark at the second time of asking here, the bay bounced out and made all the running under Jack Hendricks, jumping well throughout. The result never looked in doubt from a fair way out and the imposing gelding came home in splendid isolation in testing ground conditions. This €44,000 store could well develop into a high class staying chaser under rules.