Following a frustrating winter, the triple bumper winner came back to his best at the Punchestown festival in early May when taking a conditions hurdle by a comfortable four lengths.
He then built on that over a mile and six on the flat at Leopardstown last month, cruising clear up the straight to score unextended by three lengths.
The six-year-old has Galway pencilled in after this and is the nap choice to head west with all guns blazing.
John Oxx’s Shiramiya can recoup Leopardstown losses five days ago in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Fillies Maiden.
A strong order morning prices and on track, she proved no match for the Teo’s Sister, making her debut and a full-sister to Teofilo.
Shiramiyna was doing all her best work at the end, but still a length and three parts adrift at the line. Stepping up over a furlong in trip now should be a help.
Only five are set to go to post in the Easy Clean Ltd Race, but it is a fascinating little contest all the same.
The nod falls on David Wachman’s Giant Step, in the hope that he will put his best foot forward.
He landed some decent wagers when taking his maiden at Cork by five and a half lengths, prior to being asked to tackle Group 2 company in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.
The son of Giant’s Causeway ran no sort of race, however, trailing in a remote seventh of seven behind Recital. Giant Step has been afforded a decent break and, blinkered for the first time, gets the nod.
Casey Top, Sweeps Hill and Fort George promise a decent contest in the Christy McSweeney Memorial Novice Chase.
Narrow preference is for Fort George, who has loads of experience over fences and was an easy winner over hurdles at Gowran Park on his latest appearance. He gets a useful 5lbs from both of his rivals.