Defy Logic puts his early Arkle credentials on the line in the Madigans Bars Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.

Paul Nolan's highly-regarded six-year-old made a faultless debut over fences at Naas last month, winning by 19 lengths.

But Nolan, who won the Grade Two in 2007 with Escrea, would like to see a bit of rain for his new stable star.

He said: "We are very pleased with him, but we would be hoping for a little bit more rain.

"Every race from now on is going to be better so they are all dangers."

Champion Irish jumps trainer Willie Mullins runs three - Felix Yonger, the mount of Ruby Walsh, Balnaslow and Passage Vendome - while Gordon Elliott saddles Shrapnel, who has struck on his first two races over fences.

Elliott said: "Shrapnel will love the ground drying out.

"He is in good form. It is a big step up and hopefully he will run well."