IT'S open house at Leopardstown this afternoon where several trainers are expected to accept the executive's annual invitation to work or school their Cheltenham-bound horses on the flat or over obstacles once racing is over.
Many racegoers like to stay on and watch these horses being put through their paces and although no big names have been confirmed for the post-race work-out, Leopardstown's Tom Burke said "the trainers all know we're doing it and they've got so used to it they tend to come along and do their own thing. Willie Mullins and Dessie Hughes usually bring a few along after racing."
The feature race of the day is the Mick Holly Memorial Handicap Chase, which could go the way of the Arthur Moore-trained Major Sensation. The seven-year-old is the highest-rated horse in the line-up and the least exposed over fences. He showed notable improvement when just pipped by Conem, who re-opposes here under Ruby Walsh, in a similar event on his latest outing.
Mullins' Ebaziyan may prove too good for Star Wood in the Ballsbridge Hurdle while Shirley Caspar gets the vote to record an overdue win over timber in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle.
Meanwhile at the day's other meeting at Clonmel Dick Naylor makes plenty of appeal to follow up his bumper win over the course with further success in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Hurdle.