Honeysuckle did her thing on Friday. She appears to be getting better, even indulging in the luxury of a long stare into the empty grandstands approaching the final flight. She looks untouchable in that division. Mares and juvenile hurdlers take centre stage on the fifth and final say of the festival.
2.15pm Dooley Insurance Group Cross Country Chase
Neverrushacon has a fine record over this banks course. He looked on good terms with himself last time out in Wexford. Alpha Des Obeaux was unlucky to be carried out on Thursday. He will at least be fresh for this assignment.
Selection: Neverrushacon 11/4
2.50pm Colm Quinn BMW Handicap Chase
Brace Yourself was well fancied for the Irish Grand National. He suffered interference at the first fence, and could never get into the race after that. With more luck in running here, he can prove himself a well handicapped horse. Mister Fogpatches is in a rich vein of form. He should run well again.
Selection: Brace Yourself 10/1
3.20pm Coolmore Mares Champion Hurdle
Concertista was a touch disappointing at the Cheltenham Festival. She's better than that, although even running to that level of form here may be good enough.
This track shold play to the strengths of this strong travelling mare. Burning Victory hasn't been seen for over a year. Her career was on a steep upward trajectory mind you. It would come as little surprise were Willie Mullins to pull another rabbit out of the hat.
Selection: Concertista 6/5
4pm Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle
Zanahiyr didn't look himself in the Triumph Hurdle. It may have been the track or the lack of early pace. Expect Jack Kennedy to make more use of the horse here.
If the horse returns to the form that saw him record two ultra impressive wins over the winter, he will prove hard to beat. Quilixios did win that Triump Hurdle in fairness. He's a hard horse to fault.
Selection: Zanahiyr 11/4
4.30pm Palmerstown House Handicap Chase
Sam Brown appeals as a well handicapped horse. His trainer must feel there is enough juice in the ground for his charge. This big field test is an unknown. The booking of Denis O'Regan allays some of that concern. Castle Oliver arrives here as a fresh horse. He showed a bit of promise last time out. First time cheekpieces could well sharpen him up.
Selection: Sam Brown 13/2
5.05pm Baroneracing.com Handicap Hurdle
The Shunter has had a busy time of it recently. If none the worse for those exertions, he should go close here. Given the series of jumping errors made, the horse did well to finish a close third in Aintree last time out. He gets to compete off a favourable hurdles mark here. Drop The Anchor has a formidable record in handicap hurdles. This step up in trip should suit.
Selection: The Shunter 6/1
5.40pm Colm Quinn BMW Mares Handicap Hurdle
Coulonces may have been let in lightly on handicap debut here. She wasn't foot perfect when opening her hurdles account last time out. She did jump the last couple of flights well, and ran out a snug winner in the end. The right horses were second and third in that race. This step up in trip looks sure to suit. Her stablemate Moonball is another who should run well.
Selection: Coulonces 10/1
6.10pm Buggyman INH Flat Race
Guily Billy cost a fortune after winning a point to point. His future lies over obstacles but connections should be more than hopeful that he will have enough speed to prevail here. Willie The Coo hails from the Willie Mullins yard.
Selection: Guily Billy 11/8