Grand National winning rider Paul Carberry was out of luck on his eagerly-anticipated return to action at Down Royal last night.
The veteran fractured his left shoulder in a fall at Killarney in the middle of July, but was back in the saddle with six rides.
Carberry rode leading fancy Smithfield for boss Noel Meade in the opening Dale Farm Maiden Hurdle, but the 5/1 chance failed to land a serious blow, finishing fifth behind Henry de Bromhead's Sizing Machine -- carrying the famous Potts colours of Sizing Europe.
The Meath jockey went closest on his last ride as he worked the Elliott-trained Raajih into contention in the Allied Bakeries Handicap Hurdle but could not quite get on terms after the last and had to settle for a close third.
At Killarney, meanwhile, De Bromhead and the Potts clan completed an across-the-card double when House Rules made all under a fine ride from Davy Russell to land the two-mile novice chase.
Russell looked like he would complete a double aboard the same connections' Cavite Beta in the next race, but the 5/2 second favourite was collared by the gambled-on Ballyadam Brook at the final fence.
"If he stays sound I'd say we will head to Listowel with him," said trainer Terence O'Brien.
Willie and Patrick Mullins completed a short-priced double courtesy of Primroseandblue and then Reine Angevine in the bumper.