The subject of a huge gamble (7-1 to 2-1fav) on his most recent start at Thurles, connections clearly knew he was capable of being competitive of his mark of 87, and he was possibly a little unlucky to run into a well-handicapped sort in the shape of the Ruby Walsh-ridden Micras.
Touched off that day, on what was his first run of the season, Shay Barry’s six-year-old looks a potentially progressive sort.
The handicapper has had his say, raising him 7lbs, but exciting young rider Donagh Meyler negates that rise, and can steer the lightly raced sort to victory.
Delegate should take plenty of beating in the bumper.
The Gordon Elliott-trained runner was placed in four bumpers last term, ran well in two outings over timber this season, and can show his class back in a bumper this afternoon.
On form, Briar Lane looks the biggest danger, though Willie Mullins’ newcomer, Kilcomer, must also be respected.
Oisin James could be one for value hunters in the two-mile-five handicap hurdle.
Running off bottom-weight today, he ran better than his placing suggests on his handicap debut at Clonmel, in a race won by Oscar Sam, who followed up at Punchestown.
Over a furlong-longer trip on similarly testing ground but in an easier-looking race, the five-year-old should outrun likely double-figure odds.
The Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase is the feature on tomorrow’s rescheduled card at Cork, and Bright New Dawn can land the spoils for Gordon Elliott and owners Gigginstown House Stud.
The eight-year-old, formerly with Dessie and Sandra Hughes, made little impact on his first two starts for his new stable, but ran a fine race to finish second behind Road To Riches in the Clonmel Oil Chase last time.
On that occasion, he looked a real threat in the homestraight, but was unable to quicken to land a blow.
The drop in trip should suit and, with further progress anticipated, he can upset higher-rated and better-fancied rivals.
Days Hotel, one of three past winners seeking a second victory in the race, can also outrun his odds.
Balko Des Flos meanwhile gets the nap to make a winning hurdling debut in the opener at Navan.
A ready winner of his two starts in bumpers, the half-brother to smart chaser Salut Flo looks a really exciting sort, and can prove so by accounting for some other fine prospects, headed by Anibale Fly.
Only three go to post for the Grade 3 Klairon Davis Novice Chase and Ttebbob can follow up his impressive debut over fences.
An all-the-way winner in a race which fell apart somewhat, he was particularly good over his fences, and that display gave rise to the hope he could be even better over fences than he was over hurdles.
Although up against a couple of experienced chasers this time, his no-nonsense style can put them to the sword early, and he can be expected to keep both at bay.