Galway Plate hero Carlingford Lough looks to make the most of his experience as he faces some talented opponents in the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
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John Kiely's charge has made no less than 10 appearances over fences and followed up his Galway heroics with an excellent run to finish second in the Kerry National at Listowel in mid-September.
Those efforts in big-field handicaps are likely to stand him in good stead as he steps up to Grade One level against just five opponents this weekend, but Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus, feels the seven-year-old could be vulnerable to less exposed rivals.
Berry said: "He's had a good summer and has lots of experience, but he could be taking on some of the stars of the future on Sunday.
"It's a difficult one to gauge, but our horse is well and it's great that he's still a novice as it gives him a bit more of a chance.
"Hopefully he'll run a nice race, but he is taking on some very nice horses."
Among the opposition are Gigginstown House Stud-owned duo Don Cossack and Road To Riches.
Gordon Elliott's Don Cossack was only narrowly denied by Grade One winner Morning Assembly at Punchestown a fortnight ago, while the Noel Meade-trained Road To Riches won nicely on his only chase start at Naas.
Gigginstown's racing manager, Eddie O'Leary, said: "It looks a very good race and hopefully one of them is lucky.
"I'd say Don Cossack was outstayed by a very good horse the last day. Our horse jumped almost too well and we're coming back in trip with him.
"We were all very impressed with Road To Riches in Naas. This is a tougher race, so let's see how he goes."
Gordon Elliott believes Don Cossack will have to raise his game if he is to claim victory.
After three brilliant displays in the bumper sphere, the six-year-old was expected to take high rank in the novice hurdling division last term, but failed to make a significant impact.
The giant gelding was always likely to fair better over the larger obstacles, however, and after making a winning debut over fences at Galway, he pushed Morning Assembly all the way in a thrilling Grade Two prize at Punchestown a fortnight ago.
Elliott is keeping his fingers crossed his pride and joy can find the necessary progress to claim Grade One honours this weekend.
"He seems to have come out of his last run well. He just got touched off by a Grade One winner, so he hasn't done a lot wrong," said the trainer.
"I think he'll have to improve again to be winning on Sunday, so we'll see what happens. We're happy with him at home."
Road To Riches who won his only start over fences at Naas and his trainer Noel Meade said: "He's in good form and we've been happy with him since Naas, so all is well. It looks a very good race and we just have to hope he's up to this level. We'll find out on Sunday, anyway."
Sizing Rio has won his first two starts over fences, at Tipperary and Cork, and deserves the chance to test his powers at the highest level.
Trainer Henry de Bromhead said: "We're going up into a Grade One now, so we'll see where we stand, but he seems in good form. The ground is nice and we're happy to let him take his chance.
"He won a Grade Three over hurdles and is still only a five-year-old, so he is still very young horse. I don't want to rush him as he has already achieved quite a bit in a short space of time."
Also on a hat-trick is Art Of Logistics, but trainer Dessie Hughes is under no illusions about the task in hand.
Hughes said: "He's in the deep end now but he goes there in great shape. The track will suit him and the ground is in his favour, so it's just a question of whether he's good enough. We'll find out on Sunday."
The six-runner field is completed by likely outsider Clar Na Mionn.