Peregrine Run bids to claim his sixth victory of the season so far in a strong renewal of the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park.
The great Sizing Europe won four successive runnings of this Grade Two prize between 2011 and 2014, while Kicking King struck gold in 2004 before going on to to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup later in the campaign.
The Peter Fahey-trained Peregrine Run is the highest-rated of eight runners declared for this year’s renewal, having racked up five successive wins between mid-May and mid-July.
The nine-year-old’s winning run came to an end on his latest appearance in the Galway Plate, but he was far from disgraced in finishing fourth under the burden of 11st 9lb.
Fahey said: “He got a little bit of a break after Galway and seems in good form. The ground is beautiful for him at the moment and if they don’t get too much rain he has a great chance.
“All year, no matter what we have done with him, he’s kept stepping up to the mark. His run in Galway was unbelievable – carrying the weight he did.
“He’s the highest-rated horse in the race, so he has to have a good chance if the ground is good.”
Gordon Elliott fires a formidable three-pronged assault, with Grade One victors The Storyteller and Shattered Love joined by American Grand National-winning stable companion Jury Duty.
The Storyteller was last seen finishing third in last season’s Punchestown Gold Cup, while Shattered Love – winner of the JLT Novices’ Chase at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival – was disappointing in the second half of the last campaign.
Elliott said: “On ratings Shattered Love looks like she has a great chance. She was a bit disappointing last season, but if she came back to her best form then she’d have a great chance.
“Jury Duty and The Storyteller are both having prep races for the American Grand National, which is coming up in two weeks.
“They will all come on for their first run. I wouldn’t like to see the ground getting any quicker for Shattered Love, but the other two will be fine on it.”
Jessica Harrington claimed last year’s renewal with Woodland Opera and this time relies on Jett.
Noel Meade’s Snow Falcon, Joseph O’Brien’s Us And Them and the Willie Mullins-trained Yorkhill complete the line-up.