fairyhouse 15th Dec
Alderwood didn't enjoy the happiest of fencing debuts but gets the opportunity to redeem himself in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse.
A Grade One-winning novice hurdler, Tom Mullins' eight-year-old featured in ante-post lists for the Arkle even before jumping a fence in public, but was already beaten when slipping up at Navan.
Darwins Fox was second on that occasion and will present a stern test again, while smart hurdlers Star Neuville and Terminal are other worthy adversaries if taking to the larger obstacles.
Apt Approach gained Grade Two honours over fences last season but reverts to timber for his return to action in the Follow Fairyhouse On Twitter Rated Hurdle.
Willie Mullins' charge was last seen competing in the Guinness Gold Cup at the Punchestown Festival but is comparatively well treated in this sphere so, if fit enough, should have too much class for the likes of Gates Of Rome, The Bishop Looney and Uncle Tom Cobley.
The afternoon's action gets under way with the Christmas Party Raceday At Fairyhouse Mares Maiden Hurdle (12.15), in which Honey Bach goes jumping after managing only fourth when favourite for a Listed bumper at Navan.
Panther Claw has fared satisfactorilty in his two starts under Rules and, along with Carry Each Other, gives Gigginstown House Stud a strong hand in the New Value Hospitality Packages At Fairyhouse Beginners Chase.
Lascalahall has become a bit costly to follow since switching back to fences but will have his supporters again in the New Years Day 2013 At Fairyhouse Handicap Chase.
Carlowsantana did it well at Cork last weekend and tries to defy an 8lb rise in the Fairyhouse Membership 2013 Handicap Hurdle, while City Slicker offered some encouragement on his racecourse introduction and represents top connections in the concluding Merry Christmas From Fairyhouse (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.
Cheltenham's race on the cross country course has got the go-ahead after passing a third inspection at noon.