2022 Mares Chase favourite Elimay could have some of last season’s form franked later today when Demi Plie reappears for the first time since May at Ballinrobe for Padraig Roche.
The 8-year-old chased home her fellow green-and-gold silk-bearer at Fairyhouse at the Irish Grand National Festival in April, with current third favourite for next year’s Friday contest Mount Ida back in third.
Despite a stronger record over fences, the Mastercraftsman mare remains over hurdles on her racecourse return after a creditable third at Punchestown last time out.
And it could add to a strong form line that Willie Mullins’ grey holds, after she chased home subsequent Ryanair hero Allaho at Thurles back in January before a titanic battle with box-rival Colreevy at Prestbury Park in March.
That rival would then see off next season’s Gold Cup favourite Monkfish at Punchestown on her final start, bowing out in fine fashion before retiring to a career as a broodmare.