Mick Halford is keeping his fingers crossed Zarzyni can get back on the winning trail in the Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse.
An impressive winner on his racecourse debut at Gowran Park in mid-June, the Aga Khan-owned colt then finished third behind the high-class Armory in the Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown.
Zarzyni again emerged with plenty of credit when finishing fourth to another Ballydoyle inmate in Lope Y Fernandez in last month’s Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh – and has his sights lowered a shade for his latest assignment at Listed level on Monday.
Halford said: “It looks a good race for him, and he’s got a good draw.
“I suppose the Ger Lyons filly (Soul Search) sets the standard, even though she’s a maiden. She’s rated 105, and we’re rated 102 and obviously we’re giving her a bit of weight (5lb).
“My horse is in good form, and I’ve been happy with his work at home, so I’m hoping he’ll run a big race.”
Soul Search returns to the fray just eight days after finishing a two-length fourth in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes, having previously been placed in the Debutante and the Anglesey.
There is an interesting challenger from Britain in Tom Dascombe’s Sir Boris. The son of Due Diligence won twice at Nottingham last month, before placing fourth in the Ripon Champion Two Yrs Old Trophy.
Real Appeal (Jim Bolger), No Nay Now (Fozzy Stack), Pistoletto (Aidan O’Brien) and Unforgetable (Joseph O’Brien) are the other hopefuls.