Willie Mullins launches a three-pronged challenge on the Premier County Hurdle at Thurles on Thursday.

The trio is headed by Drive Time, who was an honourable fourth in the Galway Hurdle on his most recent appearance and appears to be suited by the terms of this contest.

Graham Wylie's colours are also carried by smart chaser On His Own, who beat the reopposing Si C'Etait Vrai and Un Beau Matin in the Boyne Hurdle at Navan back in February, while the Mullins squad is completed by Sweet My Lord.

In terms of quality, the www.thurlesraces.ie Beginners Chase has cut up a bit since the entry stage, reducing the size of the task facing Mullins' Balnaslow, who pushed subsequent Grade Three victor Art Of Logistics close on his fencing debut at Gowran Park.

The champion trainer should also have high hopes for Rough Justice in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle and Simply Gooch, who starts his racing career in the Munster INH Flat Race under Mullins' son Patrick.

Back In A Tic's latest fourth has been boosted by the winner Toner D'Oudairies going on to claim a couple of notable scalps at Punchestown, and she reverts to her own sex for the opening Holycross Mares Chase at 1.45.

Indian Icon won the same Roscommon maiden on the level as stablemate Our Conor and, although placed at Galway and Killarney afterwards, Dessie Hughes has been looking forward to getting him over obstacles and he takes on dual runner-up Clarcam in the Devils Bit 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.

Hello Louie has been handed a 7lb rise for last week's emphatic success at Downpatrick so he is effectively 3lb well-in under his penalty in the Leugh Handicap Hurdle (Div 1), while the second division sees Sligo chase winner Coolking attempting to capitalise on a figure 15lb lower than his revised rating over fences.