Michael Hourigan’s charge, a bit of an in-and-out performer, is going well at the moment and more than capable of a big run.
At Leopardstown at Christmas, The Job Is Right indicated that a major contest such as this might be within his compass with a cracking effort to finish fourth behind Living Next Door in the Paddy Power.
The form was given a timely boost when the runner-up, Foxrock, bolted in at Leopardstown last Sunday.
Four days after Leopardstown, the selection made a quick return at Punchestown when showing what a tough sort he can be, finding plenty in the closing stages to give hot pot, As De Ferbet, 13lbs and a length and a half beating.
Willie Mullins’ Djakadam has been rested since failing to justify favouritism, contest won by Many Clouds, in the Hennessy at Newbury in November.
There were hopes at the start of the campaign that he might develop into a live Cheltenham Gold Cup candidate and there is obviously the possibility could be thrown in here, even off top weight.
Others for the short-list are Gallant Oscar and Sword Fish, but, hopefully, The Job Is Right will be on a third going day in a row.
The nap vote falls on Henry de Bromhead’s Smashing in the PMF Accountants’ Beginners Chase.
He was outclassed by the flying machine, Un De Sceaux, at Fairyhouse last time, but is a smart sort in his own right and this looks to be a good opportunity.
If Monksland doesn’t “bounce’’ then is surely the most likely winner of the Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle.
He was coming back from a two-year break when a creditable third behind Lieutenant Colonel and Jetson at Leopardstown and is now better in at the weights with Dedigout (sixth), Zaidpour (seventh) and Briar Hill (eighth).
Willie Mullins’ Royal Caviar, second to Windsor Park at Leopardstown, can take the Langton House Hotel Maiden Hurdle, while the trainer’s French-import Dicosimo (Nugent Spirit 25 Horsebox Hurdle) and Stone Hard (Bumper), literally pick themselves.