A fascinating clash between Nichols Canyon and Apple's Jade looks to be on the cards this weekend as both multiple Grade One winners were left in Sunday's Hatton's Grace Hurdle at the latest cut-off stage yesterday.
The Meath venue stage their big two-day meeting this weekend with three Grade One races on Sunday and other likely runners on the star-studded Sunday card include Death Duty and Rathvinden in the Drinmore Novice Chase, while in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle includes the unbeaten Red Jack and the 18-length maiden hurdle winner Makitorix.
Prior to all of that weekend action, racing returns to Punchestown this afternoon with some promising sorts set to line up.
A tentative selection is given to the Mouse Morris-trained Tout Est Permis in the rated novice chase.
Just the five runners go to post for the €20,000 contest and Edward O'Grady's The West's Awake would certainly be a very poignant winner given the tragic loss of his wife, Maria, at the weekend.
Tout Est Permis is in receipt of weight from all rivals and looks to be back in more suitable company now after running behind Disko at Down Royal last time. The lowering of his target looks a good choice but if he can repeat his Gowran Park win he may just be good enough to cause a bit of a shock here.
There's also a surprisingly small line-up in the beginners chase where Gigginstown are again double-handed and this time Dakota Moirette is the selection.
JP McManus owns three of the field, with Bon Papa the most interesting, and market moves could prove a very good guide to the outcome of this race but Dakota Moirette achieved a fair rating over hurdles and represents a Gordon Elliott team that are in fine form.
Being a four-year-old the selection is also carrying 8lbs less than his rivals.
Gigginstown have the potential to get the day off to a good start with Noel Meade's recent bumper winner Athenean returning to Punchestown to contest the opening maiden hurdle.
Connections aren't wasting time with the four-year-old and he could have a smart future ahead over jumps.
Gracemount is hooded for the first time but has solid form in the book and Larry Capri ran well last time and can come on enough for that to score in the penultimate race.