Previous Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winner City Island bids aims to win for the first time since his Prestbury Park glory two seasons ago.
Martin Brassil’s gelding was only six when he won the Grade 1 at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019, but has struggled in subsequent outings since – a winless streak he will hope doesn’t extend to seven at Ballybrit.
The son of Court Cave beat a strong field in stunning fashion under Mark Walsh, but it’s the in-form Darragh O’Keefe who will partner the charge in Wednesday’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery Beginners Chase at 5:10pm.
Former Festival hero Bleu Berry is also in contention for Willie Mullins, with the 10-year-old winning just once since his Coral Cup success three years ago.
Streets Of Doyen finished a brilliant third in Gloucestershire back in March but didn’t quite fire in his two starts after, but appears an exciting recruit to this sphere for John McConnell under 3lb claimer, Simon Torrens.
15 runners in total line up for the second contest of the afternoon, with much of the focus turning to the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap feature at 6:15pm later in the card.