Carlisle was abandoned early on Sunday morning, so Fairyhouse is the only meeting in Ireland and the UK today.
Rubytwo proved largely consistent without managing to win over hurdles last season, but she produced her best effort yet when finishing runner-up at Wetherby last time and is expected to build on that promise.
Rubytwo was left behind by the impressive winner but beat the rest of the field comfortably and the form has since been given a couple of boosts. The first and the third have both won subsequently, which makes Rubytwo look well treated off the same mark.
Her trainer Nicky Richards is in excellent form, she handles testing ground and looks set to go close.
Bafana Blue has won all three starts since returning from from a summer break and looked better than ever when striking at Ayr last time. The race fell apart at Ayr and his only threat departed at the last, but it was still an impressive performance from the thriving eight-year-old and a 6 lb rise in the weights does not look harsh.
His two previous victories were achieved at this course, so he clearly goes well at this stiff track, and he is a thorough stayer so will be suited by these testing conditions placing the emphasis on stamina.
No Hassle Hoff became expensive to follow for Dan Skelton but possesses ability and has joined Richard Newland, a trainer renowned for rejuvenating recruits, so he is considered the biggest danger.
Milvale is a half-brother to 2014 Welsh National winner Emperor’s Choice so is clearly bred to stay well. It’s therefore encouraging he showed ability in bumpers, twice finishing runner-up at Ayr, and he also shaped with promise on his hurdles debut at Hexham in October, plugging on in that two-mile event in the style of a horse who will benefit from a step up in trip.
He is upped in distance here, while the stiff track and testing ground will also put a premium on stamina, so it would be no surprise were he to take a big step forward and launch a serious challenge.
*All odds correct at time of posting.