John McConnell hopes the decision to pull Go Another One out of running at Aintree pays dividends when he lines up in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final at Fairyhouse.
The seven-year-old has been ultra-consistent this season, starting last July at Bellewstown.
He had a break between November and February with the aim of running at the spring meetings, but rain at Cheltenham and Aintree means he arrives here fresh.
“We took him over to Aintree with the aim of running on the Friday, but all the rain on the Thursday meant it would have been pointless, he needs good ground,” said McConnell.
“We’ve had several options for him, but have decided on this one and we’ll claim 5lb off him with Conor Orr.
“It’s his first run over three miles, but if he improves for the trip, which we think he might, then he’ll be competitive – but it’s a tough race.
“I wouldn’t say he’s been hammered by the handicapper and we’ve been pleased to see Canardier run well at Cheltenham and Aintree as we were second to him giving him weight at Cheltenham in October.
“That’s given us hope he could be competitive in a handicap and if he improves for three miles, which we think he could, then he could be competitive.”
Defi Bleu, third in the Martin Pipe at Cheltenham, heads the weights.
The most valuable race on the card is the following RYBO Handicap Hurdle, with 59,000 euros to the winner.
It features the one-two from last year’s Triumph Hurdle, Gordon Elliott’s Farclas and Willie Mullins’ Mr Adjudicator, but both are winless this season, albeit the latter has only had two runs.
Both trainers have two other runners with Elliott sending Mitchouka and High Expectations to the track and Mullins running Cut The Mustard and Ask Susan.
There are two British-based runners in Nicky Henderson’s Countister and Dan Skelton’s Denmead.
Countister is one of four for owner JP McManus, along with former champion hurdler Jezki. There is also another Triumph Hurdle winner taking part in Joseph O’Brien’s Ivanovich Gorbatov.
Mullins runs Camelia De Cotte and Pravalaguna against Elliott’s Barra and Synopsis in the BoyleSports Grand National Festival John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase. O’Brien’s Slowmotion also features in the six-strong field along with Jaime Sommers.
Popular 14-year-old On The Fringe takes on Ucello Conti and Road To Riches in the BoyleSports Joseph R. O’Reilly Hunters Chase.