Paul CARBERRY'S stylish turn in guiding Thomond to victory on his first ride for two months last Sunday showed that he has lost none of his guile, and he can deliver again aboard Tiger Trek at Listowel today.
Despite shipping more than his fair share of injuries, the gifted 40-year-old still rides with all the daring poise of someone half his age.
Carberry has returned from his umpteenth collarbone fracture to a fairly select book of rides at the Harvest Festival, though he is on duty in both of the jump races that he can participate in this afternoon.
The Dessie Hughes-trained Tiger Trek tackles a dozen others in a maiden hurdle that lacks depth, and he has shown enough to warrant the day's nap vote. He has been progressing steadily, finishing in front of multiple winners The Game Changer and Noah Webster when second to Ange Balafre at Gowran Park last November.
Tiger Trek was far from disgraced behind Western Boy in a good Leopardstown maiden hurdle at Christmas, and then returned to be second at Kilbeggan earlier this month. For all that Mysticaltou was a shock debutante winner that day, the pair drew well clear of a reasonable field.
In short, it constituted an encouraging return to action for Tiger Trek. If he improves any bit for the run, he is likely to be too good here.
Hughes has another live one in the Southampton Goodwill Chase, with Mark Enright booked for Art Of Logistics.
The six-year-old has been a little disappointing in his last couple of outings, but this sort of small-field conditions race should suit.
If he performs to the level that saw him record back-to-back victories at Punchestown earlier in the summer, he is going to be extremely hard to beat. Of his five rivals, Jacksonslady is the most potent threat.
Philip Dempsey's mare ran reasonably well to be seventh in the Kerry National. She has it within her range to shake up Art Of Logistics, but Hughes' charge is six pounds well in with her on official ratings so he should win.
Monday's winner Minella Tweet is opposed with Res Ipsa Loquitur in the qualified riders' handicap hurdle. Johnny Levins' horses have been in good heart, including Res Ipsa Loquitur, which has won once and been placed four times since July. She remains capable of winning off her current mark under Nina Carberry.
In the €50,000 Guinness Premier Handicap, Warbird is strongly fancied to atone for some miserable luck in the Irish Cambridgeshire.
Mick Halford's Sheikh Mohammed-owned colt was bang there inside the final furlong when he got sandwiched between stable-mate Hasanour and Vastonea.
You couldn't say that Warbird would have won, but he wouldn't have been far away, so he is nicely treated. From a favourable draw of three in this nine-furlong affair, he looks well placed to make amends under the excellent five-pound claimer Sean Corby.