Dorrells Pierji steps back up in class for the Sky Sports Racing Launching January 1st Novice Hurdle at Limerick on Saturday.
Willie Mullins’ five-year-old has won four of his last five races, but the only blot on his recent record came when upped to Grade Three company for the Joe Mac Novice Hurdle at Tipperary.
Back down in grade last time out, he beat a better fancied stablemate at Galway and looks worth a crack at the 50,000 euro prize.
Mullins also runs the mare, Pleasure Dome.
“Dorrells Pierji goes there in very good form and we think he’s a very good horse,” said assistant trainer Patrick Mullins.
“His victory in Galway was a really good performance and he’s probably our main hope.
“Pleasure Dome was a little disappointing in Cork the last day. She travelled into the race well, but didn’t quite get home.
“She gets a nice bit of weight off everything, though, so hopefully she can pick up some black type and a nice bit of prize money.”
Giving weight all round is Philip Dempsey’s Derrinross, who won a Grade Three last time out.
Gordon Elliott runs Defi Blue and Monbeg Worldwide while also in the Gigginstown colours is Noel Meade’s Cap York, who defied a monster absence to win at Navan.