Galway Plate third Snugsborough Benny is set to carry top-weight in the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase at Limerick on Sunday.
Liam Cusack’s stable star – who also finished fourth in the Irish Grand National – has been kept fresh for the 100,000 euro feature.
Having struck up a good relationship with Denis O’Regan, however, the prospect of a welter burden has made Cusack debate whether to employ a jockey who can claim.
“This has been the plan since Galway and he’s in good form – it’s a nice race to go for,” said Cusack.
“I’m a little bit concerned that we’re going to end up with top-weight. We might claim off him, I’ll need to talk it over with the owner.
“All these big handicaps are so competitive and there’s usually some nice young horses coming through, but we are where we are now.
“He’s capable of running well off his mark, but we had 10st 10lb in the Plate and we’re likely to have 11st 10lb this week.
“Soft ground would be fine for him, as long as it doesn’t get any worse. He likes to get his toe in.”
He added: “He’s run well at Limerick before, he’s a straightforward horse and he’ll run his race, with a bit of luck.”