Flemenstar in great form - Casey
Exciting novice chaser Flemenstar is reported in great shape as he features among 12 entries for the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
The Peter Casey-trained seven-year-old has enjoyed a superb season, winning four times on the bounce over fences without being seriously troubled, and reversed form with his only conqueror Bog Warrior when scoring at Naas last time out.
Connections resisted the temptation to send the gelding to last month's Cheltenham Festival and he will instead bid for his second Grade One prize on Easter Sunday.
Casey said: "This has been the plan for him all year. He is in great form at the moment, he did his final piece of work at the Curragh on Tuesday morning and all went well.
"We will be keeping an eye on the ground as obviously we don't want it too quick."
Champion trainer Willie Mullins has two possible runners in Bishopsfurze and Call The Police.
Bishopsfurze has won twice from three starts over fences at some of Ireland's lesser tracks, while Call The Police was third in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.
The Mouse Morris-trained Rathlin took a while to find his feet over the larger obstacles but is an interesting contender, having won his last three starts.
Donnas Palm, False Economy, Foildubh, Gift Of Dgab, Perfect Smile, Shot From The Hip, White Star Line and Whodoyouthink completed the possibles.
Commenting on ground conditions, racecourse manager Peter Roe said: "The forecast is dry and the plan is to resume watering on Thursday with the aim of maintaining good ground. We are monitoring the situation in conjunction with our clerk of the course Brendan Sheridan."