THE Four Sixes could be nicely treated on his return to action at Sligo on Thursday evening.
Gordon Elliott's charge hasn't run since a disappointing effort at Fairyhouse last December, when pulled up in a rated novice contest at Fairyhouse.
He was reported to have run very free then and didn't give a true reflection of his ability on the day.
The Westerner gelding has been given a good break since and makes his handicap debut now in tonight's two-and-a-half mile contest.
If you ignore his last run he'd look very well treated off a mark of 118 on his previous maiden hurdle win at Clonmel.
The five-year-old beat a couple of nice sorts that day when scoring from Senior Chief and Ifiwerearichman.
That form looks very good now with the runner-up scoring twice subsequently and achieving a mark of 135, while the third horse won a competitive handicap in Galway last week off a rating of 122.
The Four Sixes remains very lightly-raced and could have the potential to be a nice bit better than his mark.
Junior Rattler could be a potential danger reverting back to hurdles.
Oliver McKiernan's charge stayed on really well when second over fences at Kilbeggan last time and is fitted with cheekpieces again having run well in them when fourth in a competitive event at Navan back in March.
Elliott also looks to have a leading contender in the preceding maiden hurdle over the same two-and-a-half mile trip, with Weseekherthere.
The Elusive Pimpernel mare was third over two miles at Kilbeggan on her last run and should appreciate stepping back up in trip now.
Her rider felt she wanted a step up in trip when winning her bumper over two miles so the filly will appreciate a staying trip over hurdles.
In the mares' maiden hurdle it's hard to look past the Willie Mullins-trained Coole Cherry.
The Mahler filly has been second in four bumpers to date and this looks a nice opportunity to get her head in front now. She is sure to be well schooled for the task.
Mullins also introduces a well-bred newcomer in the bumper in Mount Sinai.
The daughter of Mount Nelson is a half-sister to Seabank Bistro, a smart sort who won a bumper and maiden hurdle for the yard.
They are from the family of Killultagh Vic and Killultagh Storm.
GARY CARSON'S SLIGO SELECTIONS
(next best in brackets)
5.05 Desert Friend (Wajaaha)
5.35 Coole Cherry (Ta Na La)
6.05 Timourid (Presenting Doyen)
6.35 Kellie's Dream (Baby Chou)
7.05 Weseekherthere (Attaboyarchie)
7.35 The Four Sixes (nap) (Junior Rattler)
8.05 Mount Sinai (I Am Shadow)