Dermot Weld has turned to rising star Luke Dempsey in an effort to ease Stuccodor's burden as he strives to become just the third horse in the 74-year history of the Tote Irish Lincolnshire to win the race in successive years.
Dempsey secured his first Cheltenham Festival victory when getting Killultagh Vic up by a head in the conditional jockeys' race at Cheltenham earlier in the month.
He excelled in the Gigginstown Stud silks when scoring on Thunder Zone at Cork on Thursday, and the 18-year-old now turns his hand back to the Flat to take 5lb off the 10st 1lb that Weld's 2014 winner has been allotted tomorrow.
Stuccodor faces 25 rivals in the €100,000 Curragh handicap, having run just once on the Flat since his triumph 12 months ago. On that occasion at Cork in October, he ran well to be third in Listed company, and again he was far from disgraced when second over flights at Fairyhouse in January.
That will have helped keep him sharp, so you couldn't rule him out off a 6lb higher mark than last year, especially given that Dempsey's claim negates so much of the hike.
Karl Burke's lightly-raced You're Fired might be the pick of the three cross-channel runners in the mile contest, but it is the Tommy Stack-trained Onenightidreamed that appeals as the likeliest winner under Wayne Lordan.
Beaten by the Group placed and Listed winner Answered on its track bow in this card's mile maiden last year, the Footstepsinthesand four-year-old edged home on his next start at Cork. On his only other outing back at headquarters in May, he ran a nice race to be third to That's Plenty in a decent handicap off a mark of 88.
Onenightidreamed is 1lb higher now for 8st 10lb, which looks fair for such an unexposed type, as he may have been kept specifically for this.
Crucially, he has only ever run on testing ground so he will handle it fine if it gets deep, and he might well improve if it rides better. All told, then, he can plunder the lion's share of the spoils in this for a third time since 2010 for Stack, who has a fine habit of making a flying start to the Flat season.
The Golden-based legend's first runner is Great Minds, which faces nine rivals in the six-furlong Joanna Morgan Lifetime Achievement Handicap that he won in 2014 off a 19lb lower rating. Lordan's mount has run just once since, returning here in May to prevail with a bit more in hand than the three-quarters of a length margin suggests.
Lightly-raced with just five starts to his name in all, Great Minds could take a bit of stopping again under Lordan. His rivals are a more exposed collective, so he is trusted to justify the handicapper's reaction, which saw him go up 9lb for that most recent success.
In the Group Three Lodge Park Stud EBF Park Express Stakes, Karl Burke's Silvestre De Sousa-ridden Odeliz will bid to atone for getting chinned by Vote Often a year ago. She is a consistent filly that warrants obvious respect in what is a cracking edition of the €77,500 mile race, while Vote Often's trainer Weld could also be to the fore with Afternoon Sunlight.
Still, it is worth taking a chance on Ballydoyle's Easter prevailing for the Classic generation.
A decisive winner from the front at Leopardstown on her second start as a juvenile, the Galileo filly has the scope to be pretty smart, so it will be fascinating to see if she can make the step up in grade here for Ryan Moore, who might also make his flying visit pay aboard the stable's maidens The Warrior and Jacobean.
Over jumps at Limerick, Riviera Sun is the nap selection in the maiden hurdle. Henry De Bromhead's JP McManus-owned charge has been running well in good company, so he is trusted to make the most of a drop in class here under Jody McGarvey.