Henry de Bromhead feels Darwins Fox will have no easy ride giving weight to his four rivals in the Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown on Thursday.
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The seven-year-old is burdened with a 7lb penalty for taking a similar Grade Three heat at Roscommon and he was also successful at Galway on his previous start.
"He's in good form and we're hoping for a good run," said the County Waterford trainer. "There are a couple of good horses in there though.
"As regards ground, I don't think he wants either extreme so it should be fine for him.
"Obviously having to carry the penalty would be on your mind. I suppose it's not a bad complaint that he's gone and earned that by winning a Grade Three last time.
"It's a worry having to concede 8lb to Dessie Hughes's horse (Art Of Logistics) who was a good winner the other day. Noel Meade's horse (Six Stone Ned, rated 130) is in there too - there's plenty of them to worry about."
As well as those two, Darwins Fox has to take on John Kiely's Saint Gervais and Takestan from Oliver Brady's stable.