Racing returns at Clonmel on Thursday following a lull after the busy Festive period and champion trainer Willie Mullins could well be among the winners with Tiger Tap Tap holding strong claims in the featured Munster Hurdle.
The Jukebox Jury gelding took on the best over hurdles as a juvenile last season and opened his account last time in a 24-runner Naas maiden.
The form of that 2m3f event has been advertised since with runner-up Home By The Lee scoring at Fairyhouse last week, and he should prove too strong for the Gigginstown pair Insult and Ferocious.
Mullins and stable jockey Paul Townend have bright prospects elsewhere on the card with Getaway Gorgeous and Lord Royal.
Getaway Gorgeous showed useful form in bumpers including when runner-up to Bigbadandbeatiful in a Listed race at Gowran Park, and may add to her Tramore bumper win in the opening KIlsheelan Mares Maiden Hurdle.
The Closutton maestro has unearthed many stablestars from the Flat in France and Lord Royal makes his debut for connections in the Monroe Maiden Hurdle on the back of one start on the level.
David Christie saddled Dylrow to burst some bubbles in the hunter chase at Down Royal on St Stephen’s Day, and the Derrylin trainer also has a high opinion of Some Man who lines up in the Rathronan Maiden Hunters Chase.
The Beat Hollow gelding was picked up for just 5,500 at Doncaster last May but has impressed in winning both point-to-point outings since and is viewed as a possible Cheltenham Festival contender.