If the handicapper is right then Coolcashin will prove very hard to beat, because he has a minimum of 9lbs in hand of all of his rivals.
But the seven-year-old owes his lofty rating to a shock success at Naas back in February, scoring at 20-1 and going up 20lbs for his troubles. It remains to be seen if he is really that good!
Mind you, Schindler’s Gold has to leave a mildly disappointing effort at Bellewstown last time solidly behind if he is going to prove good enough.
He could only manage to finish fifth behind Mudslinger then, but it was his first ever handicap and he will have much more time to get organised in this small field and stepping up five furlongs in trip.
Prior to Bellewstown, the selection looked a horse for the future when beating subsequent winners, Brutto Facie and Cool Running, at Fairyhouse.
Charlie Swan’s Oodachee is the one to be on in the Le Grande Chase. This versatile sort seems equally at home over fences, hurdles and on the flat and is currently in the form of his life.
He should certainly strip fit and well, having been rested since producing a career-best effort when four lengths runner-up behind Oslot in the Galway Plate.
The Kells Beginners Chase promises a fascinating tussle between Corrick Bridge, Rinroe and Siegemaster, with the last named getting preference.
Siegemaster has shown in the past that he goes well fresh and went from strength to strength over flights last season, putting up his best effort when a close fourth behind Nenuphar Collonges in a three mile novice hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
At the Curragh tomorrow, Aidan O’Brien’s Masterofthehorse gets preference over John Oxx’s Sea The Stars in the Group 2 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes.
They are both potentially decent horses, but Masterofthehorse impressed with a smooth success at Gowran Park and could prove the stronger.
The nap falls on Jim Bolger’s Gan Amhras in the Parknasilla Hotel Goffs Million for colts and geldings.
He was a big order in the market when beating Masterofthehorse by an easy three lengths at Naas in July and has obviously been laid out especially with this massive prize in mind.
The safest wager at Gowran Park today, on what appears a very difficult card, is Pollen in the opening maiden. She may have only finished ninth of 13 behind Psalm in a Listed race at Tipperary, but wasn’t beaten very far and this represents a big drop in class.
At Clonmnel tomorrow, Skylancer, third behind Noble Crusader at Downpatrick, should at least go close in the Laganore Maiden Hurdle.