Better ground can help fancied Wood Breizh home at Tramore
Willie Mullins' progressive grey Wood Breizh gets the nod to justify nap billing on this evening's low-key jumps spread at Tramore.
The Gordon Elliott-trained Halling's Treasure is the selection's main rival in the opening four-year-old hurdle, and it may prove significant that he finished just in front when the pair were third and fourth to Ivan Grozny at Naas back in January.
However, of their respective performances in the interim, Wood Breizh's most recent turn at Gowran Park is arguably the most commendable.
Taking on his elders, Paul Townend's mount cut out much of the running before only tiring from the last flight when third to Blow The Doors Off.
On better ground around this unique seaside track, then, Wood Breizh's style of running could enable him to improve beyond Halling's Treasure.
The inimitable Paul Carberry, who rides Hallings' Treasure, is expected to get among the winners when he partners Elliott's Drunken Counsel in the subsequent maiden hurdle for older horses.
This 15-runner affair is wide-open, but Drunken Counsel looked quite smart when he won his bumper at Clonmel in February, having run well behind some fair sorts previously.
He then misfired completely on his return to hurdles at Navan, which is an obvious source of concern here.
Nonetheless, any horse can have an off day, so it is worth speculating that Drunken Counsel can offer a more clear-headed option against a bunch of modest rivals that inspire little confidence.
Eoin Doyle might enhance his fine record at his local venue with the Mikey Butler-ridden Fast Exit in the two-mile-five-furlong handicap hurdle, while Colman Sweeney could make the short trip from his Castlelyons base in east Cork pay-off with a brace.
The excellent amateur rider has three live chances, with Cloudy Rock fancied for his near neighbour Sean O'Brien in the bumper.
In the hunter chase, Sweeney rides Slighamach for his father, Rodger.
Second to the re-opposing Easyondeye on its track bow at Downpatrick, the six-year-old has the scope to improve on that now.