Whereas the conditions of yesterday’s contest were stacked in favour of Tom Mullins’ charge, he now has to carry top weight in a competitive little seven-runner affair.
The son of Presenting has a hint of class about him, however, and is again the nap choice to come through with flying colours.
He lost all chance in the Galway Hurdle when hampered at the second, but was noted staying on strongly at the end to claim fifth spot behind Bahrain Storm.
That followed a promising effort on the flat at Leopardstown, returning from a break, when third behind subsequent winners in Drive Time and Blackstairmountain.
The improving Grand Opera could be the main danger. He is on a hat-trick mission, having scored at Downpatrick and Tramore.
Gordon Elliott’s charge has gone up 20lbs for those successes, though, and his ability to handle the ground has to be taken on trust.
Aidan O’Brien’s Banyan Tree, far from straightforward, on the evidence of his two outings to date, is still hard enough to oppose in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Maiden.
His main danger now, arguably, is Jim Bolger’s Maverick Man and Banyan Tree had him two places and five and a half lengths adrift when runner-up behind Dermot Weld’s hot-pot, Stunning View, at Galway.
Tarankali, very frustrating until getting off the mark with an emphatic six lengths victory at Gowran Park, can do the business again in the JB O’Sullivan Builders Ltd Race.
Fingers may not have the highest rating in the Dr Paddy Fuller Memmorial Race, but this tough sort knows where the winning post is and looks the one to beat.
At Kilbeggan this evening Shamiran, who made a reasonable start over flights when third to Tarkari and Air Chief at Roscommon on Monday, gets the vote in the Athlone Maiden Hurdle.