Jezki's return to action is the undoubted highlight on the first day of Down Royal's meeting, with AP McCoy taking the mount in the WKD Hurdle.

Jessica Harrington's charge only tasted defeat once in his novice campaign, when finishing third in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

He got his revenge on his conqueror Champagne Fever at Punchestown, though, to make it three wins at the highest level.

Fred Winter first and second Flaxen Flare and Caid Du Berlais look the likeliest dangers in receipt of weight, though the consistent Massini's Trap is not completely out of it.

Harrington steps Gambling Girl up in class for the Grade Three EBF Lough Construction Ltd Mares Novice Hurdle after she was impressive in opening her account at Gowran.

Que Pasa ran a cracker in this grade at Tipperary, though, and along with dual hurdle winner Roja Dove and Killarney scorer Kilbarry Beauty, there is plenty of quality opposition.

Tom Taaffe has booked Ruby Walsh to ride Gold Bullet, who embarks on his chasing career in the Porter & Co Beginners Chase.

The five-year-old has some decent form over timber to his name, but chasing was always going to be his game and he could get the better of Rye Martini and Mullaghanoe River.

The meeting gets under way at 1.05 with the Eventsec Maiden Hurdle, in which expensive purchase Sizing Coal makes his debut under Rules.

Bought for 340,000 euros in 2011, the five-year-old has already scored in the pointing arena and will be expected to take high rank, though Butney Rock and Leish Oscar could provide stiff opposition in this event.

Mad Brian's defeat of Toner D'Oudairies at Killarney in May has been given a huge boost by the runner-up since, and he could defy top weight in the Robinson Services Handicap Chase.