The Gossiper bids to put aside a recent string of disappointments, including at the Grand National Festival, when Emmet Mullins’s charge heads to Down Royal on Friday afternoon.
The Dylan Thomas gelding left a solid impression on his debut under rules when winning easily at Wexford under Patrick Mullins, but was seemingly unable to perform up in class on his Merseyside exploits for the same pilot.
He was impeded on his most recent start when still appearing slightly green at Tipperary, but connections have opted for a quick turnaround and he will now strut his stuff under 7lbs claimer, Philip Byrnes.
Conceding weight to his rivals could be a concern, but it doesn’t look an overly deep race and a return to his best form would see him go close.
A frustrating type, he fell in both of his point-to-points but has shown some level of ability and may be worth the benefit of the doubt for his in-form handler now heading north of the border.