Shrapnel firing for Galway
The well-related Shrapnel looks to make it two from two over fences in the Faber Audiovisuals Ballybrit Novice Chase at Galway on Sunday.
The son of Flemensfirth has plenty to live up to as a half-brother to dual Cheltenham Festival winner Weapon's Amnesty, but some of his early results in bumpers and hurdle races were disappointing.
However, he raised his game once switched from Charles Byrnes to trainer Gordon Elliott last season, winning over hurdles at Galway, Fairyhouse and Downpatrick.
The seven-year-old looked the part when jumping well on his recent chasing debut at Fairyhouse and now faces five opponents at Grade Three level.
Elliott said: "He had a nice start in Fairyhouse and I think he's come on for that. The ground will be softer on Sunday but I think he'll be all right on it and hopefully he'll run well. He's won four races for us so far, so we can't complain."
Foxrock is an interesting contender for trainer Ted Walsh and owner Barry Connell.
The point-to-point graduate was well thought of last season and opened his hurdling account at the fourth attempt at Naas in March.
Jockey Danny Mullins said: "He's having his first run over fences in a Grade Three, so it's a tough ask for him. It's a big step up in class, but he always looked a chaser last year and I schooled him over fences the other day and he jumps well."
Val O'Brien is hopeful Clar Na Mionn can make his presence felt, having made a winning chase debut at Roscommon before finishing third behind high-class novice Rebel Fitz at Tipperary.
O'Brien said: "He's in good form and the ground should suit him. He ran well in Tipperary when the ground was a bit quick, so I hope he has a good chance on Sunday."
Noel Meade's Six Stone Ned, the Edward Hales-trained Ted Dolly and Dot Love's talented mare Shadow Eile complete the line-up.