Santo Padre is without a victory since the 2009 Portland but attempts to correct that in the opening Irish News Red Hand Top Tips Race at 6.20pm in Dundalk on Friday night.

David Marnane's veteran lost his way after a promising start to last year and hasn't been seen since finishing last, one place behind the reopposing Celerina, at Tipperary in August.

Dual Listed winner Katla also returns to action but has never tackled an artificial surface before, whereas Balmont Mast handles it really well and signed off his most recent campaign with a third in a Listed contest over course and distance.

Naoise picked up his second success of an excellent 2012 so far last week and steps outside of handicap company for the Irish News Against The Breeze Rated Race.

Rocky's Pride and Cool Athlete, second and fourth respectively in a race here two weeks ago, lock horns again and there was little to choose between them the time before behind Fairy Wing, who must renew rivalries on significantly worse terms.

Naoise's trainer Jim Bolger has leading claims of landing the Irish News The Last Line Handicap with last-start scorer East Of Tara, while his Siansa has less obvious credentials recommending her for the Irish News Boot Room Handicap, although she did keep good company in her three maiden appearances last year.

Only a neck separated Silverlord and Chebona Bula at this venue at the beginning of February and even though both have been beaten since, they could fight out the finish of the Irish News Neville Ring Punters Guide Rated Race.

Houdini Bright defeated Chebona Bula prior to a two-mile failure, and he will appreciate the drop back in trip for the Irish News Club Call Handicap, while Shake The Bucket has struck up a good partnership with Megan Carberry and he goes for a four-timer in the Irish News Hitting The Target Handicap.