Seven has going concerns
Martin Brassil is hoping conditions at Wexford do not deteriorate ahead of Munster National hero Double Seven's visit to the track on Sunday.
The seven-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic summer campaign, with a Kilbeggan hat-trick and his tremendous Limerick victory two weeks ago seeing him rise 35lb since the end of June.
He is well treated at the weights as he faces five opponents in the Listed MW Hickey Memorial Chase, but his trainer is concerned about the prospect of testing conditions.
Brassil said: "He's in good form and is well in at the weights. I just hope they don't get too much rain and the ground stays reasonable.
"He has improved a lot this summer. The ground has helped him but I think the weather has been a big factor as well. He likes a bit of sun on his back, like we all do, and we hadn't had it for a while.
"We'll see how it goes, but we might keep him going for the next three or four weeks and go for the Troytown Chase in Navan (November 24)."
Trainer Paul Nolan is looking forward to saddling Sweeney Tunes, who won twice last season as well as finishing fourth in the Irish Grand National.
Nolan said: "He's in good form. I'm sure he'll come on for the run, but he's as well as we can get him for his first run of the season. The more rain they get the better. There is a fair bit of rain around and I'm sure the ground will be perfect.
"We'd have our work cut out on ratings to beat JP McManus' horse (Double Seven), but it's a nice place for us to start off."
Champion trainer Willie Mullins saddles Laganbank, a creditable fourth behind Sizing Europe in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park last time.
The filed is completed by Ballinahow Lady, Carrig Millie and Theroadtocroker.