The eight-year-old has been running in good company in point to points, and on his most recent effort on the track he ran a fine race to finish second behind Nevskij at Punchestown.
He was noted travelling particularly well through the latter contest and, despite not getting to the winner, found plenty from the last fence to the line.
Still quite lightly raced he can make the most of the weight he receives from main danger Hedgeinator.
The latter was a comfortable winner of a modest race at Clonmel last time, but is clearly open to plenty of improvement.
However, he carries a 7lb penalty for that victory and may struggle to concede a total of 9lbs to the selection. Nevertheless, he must be respected.
Edvardo can take the two-mile-two handicap hurdle for Harry Kelly. A runaway winner at Navan on his penultimate start, he was turned out just four days later, under a mandatory penalty, and ran better than his finishing position suggests.
He was in contention and staying on well when making a hames of the second-last, and thereafter failed to make an impression in the race won by Luckyinmilan, who has since won off a 10lb higher mark. Given a short break since, Edvardo should be ready to resume his progress, and is preferred to top-weight On The Dry.
Bumper winner Runyon Rattler looks to have been found a good opportunity to shed his maiden status over hurdles in the opening race.
Philip Rothwell’s six-year-old has been a bit frustrating to follow since his bumper success, but there has been enough promise to suggest he can make the breakthrough in this sphere.
His runner-up finish to After Rain at Wexford, in October, reads well in the contest of this race, as does his third-place finish behind A Great View at Limerick next time.
While he was disappointing when last seen, in November, that was a hot race and the break since is likely to have freshened him up. If allowed to bowl along in front this time he could prove hard to catch.
The obvious danger is Kashmiri Sunset, who was a decent sort on the flat. Given he won over two and a quarter miles on the level, his finishing effort last time at Clonmel was a little disappointing.
He is likely capable of better, but may need more time.