The pick of the action on Monday comes from Killarney in Ireland, where smart bumper performer Divine Rhapsody (7:20) is fancied to get off the mark at the first time of asking in the 2m6f maiden hurdle.
Philip Rothwell’s five-year-old won the Goffs Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival last April and wasn’t seen again until finishing strongly in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March.
Beaten 16½ lengths by Cheltenian, the selection stayed on through beaten horses indicating this trip should be up his street on his debut over obstacles and he should be up to winning this, despite the lack of any previous experience.
Earlier Ceol Rua (5:20) can land the opener, the first division of the 2m4f mares’ maiden hurdle, for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.
Another debutant over timber, the daughter of Bob Back was a smart winner at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve before finishing runner-up in the mares’ Listed bumper at Aintree’s Grand National meeting.
The selection finished down the pack behind stable-companion Lovethehigherlaw in the Grade 1 at Punchestown last time and she should have too much class for 20 rivals this evening.