Net D'Ecosse looks to end a run of placed efforts for Meade
Eamon Sheridan Groundworks Chase | 5yo+ | 2m7f | ATR
Net D'Ecosse, placed on all his completed starts this season, will be seeking his first win of the campaign and a second over fences when he faces six rivals in this winners of one event.
His trainer Noel Meade said on Wednesday: "He's been running consistently well and, while he's been creeping up the ratings without winning, he's well enough in at the weights.
"If the ground goes very heavy it won't be ideal for him – we've always thought that better ground suited him best – but he's in good form."
Owned by Gigginstown House Stud, Net D'Ecosse was trained by Willie Mullins when getting off the mark over fences at Punchestown in December 2015.
Jimmy Two Times, a five-length winner of a 2m3f beginners' chase at Downpatrick on his most recent start, is the mount of Andrew Lynch.
The eight-year-old's trainer Brian Hamilton said: "He came out of his Downpatrick race well and seems in good form. This is a better race and he's also stepping up in distance, so hopefully the ground won't come up bottomless."
The Gatechecker, who ran Kylecrue to half a length over 2m4f at the Listowel festival, represents Michael Hourigan, while the Ross O'Sullivan-trained Call It Magic, whose only chase win was at Wexford almost a year ago, is fitted with blinkers for the first time.
The Edmond Kent-trained Thanks For Tea, who is one from ten over fences, is the most recent winner in the line up having landed a 3m handicap hurdle at Bellewstown three weeks ago.
Steve Mahon, who does well with his runners at Ballinrobe, is represented by the five-year-old Cable, who won a 2m2f chase at Limerick in June.
First for Moore
Chafer grubs are not popular at Bath but they might be at Yarmouth, which is staging a £20,000 race lost to the Somerset track because of an infestation.
The Bath Staying Series Final Handicap at 3.35 has attracted 12 runners and is notable for Ryan Moore's first ride for Jonjo O'Neill. He's on board Desert Cross, last seen winning a qualifier for the race at Bath in July.
Mick Quinn knows all about netting hat-tricks – he scored one for Coventry at Arsenal once – and the footballer-turned-trainer is out to do the same with Great Hall, who runs in Yarmouth's £20,000 'Get On With Dan Hague Handicap' at 4.10.
Pontefract hosts the £30,000 EBF "Breeders' Series' Fillies" Handicap and Graham Lee tries to win it for a third year in a row. He is aboard Kassia, who he rode to victory in the race last year, after winning on Spiraea in 2015.
Tay enters fray
The John Mulhern Mares Handicap Hurdle (3.50) is the highlight at Ballinrobe and the races sees Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins team up. They will be hoping for better from Tay Lane, who showed signs of ability when sixth in a handicap hurdle at the Galway festival last time.