punchestown 3rd Feb
A highly informative Punchestown card sees Sizing Europe gearing up for Cheltenham as he bids for back-to-back wins in the Boylesports.com Tied Cottage Chase.
Last year's Champion Chase runner-up also has engagements in the Ryanair and Gold Cup this spring, but Henry De Bromhead's pride and joy sticks to two miles for now.
Heavy ground is not ideal for the 11-year-old, but he'll be too classy for Foildubh and the consistent mare Blazing Tempo.
Further Grade Two honours are up for grabs in the Racing UK Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle and Don Cossack drops back to the minimum trip having fallen when sent off favourite to beat Pont Alexandre in a Grade One at Navan.
He should be kept honest by runaway Gowran maiden scorer Mozoltov and the well-regarded Leopardstown winner Ned Buntline.
Lambro tops the weights for the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase and Willie Mullins' charge could well prove up to the task, but Alderwood is a potentially well-treated rival having steadily come to the boil since switching to fences this season.
The Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) looks a real melting pot of clues for the future and Paddy Power Chase hero Colbert Station leaps out of the form book competing off a 27lb lower mark than his new chase rating.
JP McManus also has Catch Me and the progressive Fahamore at his disposal, while Colbert Station's trainer Ted Walsh is also represented by Royal Reveille, who has Ruby Walsh for company on his first outing since winning at Limerick in October 2011.
Bostons Angel, Uncle Junior and Arabella Boy do battle again in the Glenfarclass PP Hogan Memorial Cross Country Chase, while the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Grand National Trial Handicap Chase appears a good spot for novice Vesper Bell to continue his progression.
Upazo will be another popular Mullins pick in the opening Anna Gannon 80th Birthday Maiden Hurdle (12.50) and the champion trainer saddles Rough Justice in the ITM Promoting Irish Bloodstock (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.
Denis Hogan today reported Inis Meain none-the-worse for his spill in the Boylesports Hurdle at Leopardstown last week.