1.22 Ladbrokes “We Play

Together” Novice Hurdle 2m 1f

This race is confined to novice hurdlers who have not won more than one race over obstacles, and, with better luck last time, Icare Desbois would not be eligible for the weekend opener. He had the race in safe keeping when unseating Paul Townend at the final flight at Killarney just under four weeks ago but has a golden opportunity to make amends here.

Wandering Rocks, a winner at Ballinrobe last time for the Bill Durkan team, ought to give him most to think about in this six-runner affair.

SELECTION: ICARE DESBOIS

Next best: Wandering Rocks

1.57 Ladbrokes “5-A-Side” Handicap Chase 2m

Despite having not been seen over fences since September of last year, The Banger Doyle makes some appeal in a race where many of these have questions to answer in one sense or another. He hasn’t been running badly on the flat and over hurdles of late, and Carl Millar’s 7lb claim takes him down to an attractive 9st 13lb.

Uncle Phil must shoulder top-weight but that is well earned after winning the Dan and Joan Moore Memorial Chase in January. He disappointed at the festival here five weeks ago but should be on the premises if back to form. Chosen Diamond hasn’t caught fire on these shores but is well handicapped on his British form and would be interesting if any market support arrived.

SELECTION: THE BANGER DOYLE

Next best: Uncle Phil

2.32 Ladbrokes Handicap Chase 3m 104yds

It was a weak race that Jump The Shark won last time, and the form hasn’t been overly well advertised since, but he looks one with upside and can follow up that Downpatrick success off 8lb higher. He went close off a similar hurdles mark in the past and the trip ought to suit on the basis of last time.

Lady Kate finished five lengths behind the selection when third last time and is 8lb better off now. She can take home a share of the prize money. Gondor hasn’t been seen since finishing fourth to Desertmore House at Kilbeggan last August but remains interesting off his mark if sharp enough on his comeback.

SELECTION: JUMP THE SHARK

Next best: Gondor

3.07 Ladbrokes “2Up&Win” Maiden Hurdle 2m 1f

Omniscient has been threatening to win one of these and looks set to get off the mark over hurdles here. The former Sir Mark Prescott-trained five-year-old couldn’t get the better of the useful Mywayofthinkin here last time but pulled 15 lengths clear of the third.

Eagle’s Way, also previously trained by the Prescott team, is an interesting recruit to hurdles for Bill Durkan, having fetched 120,000gns at the sales last October. Gaucher was just touched off at Kilbeggan last time and can be involved again but needs to build on that effort, while market support behind Martinstown would be worth paying attention to on his second start for Padraig Roche.

SELECTION: OMNISCIENT

Next best: Eagle’s Way

3.42 Ladbrokes Daily Odds Boost Maiden Hurdle

2m 3f 100yds

My Great Mate couldn’t land a blow at the business end of the Grade 1 Champion Bumper here at the festival last month but has some smart bumper form to his name and ought to capitalise on a drop in class now. The Willie Mullins-trained dual bumper winner makes his hurdling debut.

Last-time-out bumper winners Sage Conseil and Midleton Rare make appeal from a place point of view, though Kilkee Bay would be a player if leaving behind his last disappointing effort from Ballinrobe.

SELECTION: MY GREAT MATE

Next best: Kilkee Bay

4.17 Ladbrokes Play “1-2-Free” Handicap Hurdle (Div I)

2m 3f 100yds

Great Rainbow finished half a length behind Warmer Days Ahead when third in a similar event here 18 days ago and is 1lb better off now. Dropping in trip by a furlong looks a positive move, and that was just his second start after an absence so it’s possible he could have improvement to come.

Warmer Days Ahead has been improving in handicaps and may not be far off winning one of these. The Virginian is back from a mini-break and could have an each-way chance off his reduced mark.

SELECTION: GREAT RAINBOW

Next best: Warmer Days Ahead

4.52 Ladbrokes Play “1-2-Free” Handicap Hurdle (Div II)

2m 3f 100yds

We haven’t seen Birdsandthebees in 184 days but she has hinted at winning potential off this type of mark in the past and it looks like she’s in a pretty low-key race on her comeback. She was well beaten when last seen as 3/1 favourite on heavy ground at Clonmel. However, a reproduction of her fourth at Naas or third at Gowran a year earlier would make her a big player here.

Dropping in trip should help top-weight Mac’s Xpress, having been safely held over three miles last time. He showed some potential on his previous start at Ballinrobe. Toor Moon has a chance if bouncing back from a disappointing Cork run last time.

SELECTION: BIRDSANDTHEBEES

Next best: Mac’s Xpress

5.27 Northway Personnel Flat Race 2m 1f

There are bound to be plenty of future winners to emerge from this bumper. Solsbury Hill was an eyecatching fourth at the Punchestown Festival and has since swiched stables to join Conor O’Dwyer from Gearoid O’Loughlin. With Harry Swan booked, a bold bid can be expected from the bright propsect.

Chart Topper finished just behind the selection on that occasion when sent off 7/2 and should find a bumper win before long if it isn’t here. Base Of Fire hasn’t been seen since a fine fourth at Navan in November on debut for Richard O’Brien. Conditions will be much quicker here but if the Free Eagle gelding copes with it, he can be expected to be thereabouts. Bigcitylights disappointed as 6/4 favourite on his Downpatrick bumper bow, Passenger is a well-bred newcomer for Dermot Weld and Ned In The Park has shown ability on both of his bumper starts.

SELECTION: SOLSBURY HILL

Next best: Base Of Fire