Lord set for Durkan return
Jim Culloty is looking forward to getting his Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere back on the course in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.
The eight-year-old is among nine horses standing their ground at the confirmation stage and while the trip might be on the short side, Culloty is looking for a decent show.
"The horse is fit and well and while two and a half miles is a slightly inadequate trip, we are hoping for a good run to kick off his campaign this season," said the Mallow handler.
Noel Meade reports Texas Jack to be on course for the Grade One as long as he comes through his final piece of work in good shape.
"He's in good form. He will do a bit of work later this week and if that goes OK he will run," said the County Meath trainer.
The eight-year-old was last seen finishing fourth to Last Instalment in Leopardstown's Hennessy Gold Cup in February.
Willie Mullins looks like relying on Boston Bob after the Punchestown Gold Cup winner finished third to Road To Riches in the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on his reappearance.
Mouse Morris' First Lieutenant, runner up to Boston Bob at Punchestown, could renew rivalry. Morris also has Baily Green and Rathlin in the mix.
As well as First Lieutenant, owners Gigginstown House Stud have the Gordon Elliott-trained Don Cossack, winner at Punchestown and Down Royal on his two starts this term.
The Tom Mullins-trained Alderwood and Robbie Hennessy's Rubi Light complete the nine acceptors.