Connections of Kate Appleby Shoes expect testing conditions to be in her favour in the Coolmore National Hunt Sires Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase at Thurles on Sunday.

Having made a winning debut over fences at Limerick last month, the nine-year-old will now attempt to give trainer Willie Mullins back-to-back victories in the Grade Two after Westerner Lady struck 12 months ago.

Assistant trainer Patrick Mullins said: “It looks a very competitive race with Jessica Harrington having two in there (Girly Girl and Magic Of Light) and Dinaria Des Obeaux getting weight as a five year-old.

“She will love that ground and we expect her jumping to have sharpened up from her debut run. With a clear round, she should be up there getting some more black type.

“It really was a war of attrition at Limerick. She was a little cautious early on there, but she soon warmed up and that experience will have helped bring her on.

“She is probably the biggest mare we have in the yard and she is not easy to train, but when we get her to the track she has been performing.”

Roger McGrath feels the chances of Miss Eyecatcher claiming a third win over fences have been compromised by heavy ground.

He said: “She is in good form, but the ground is not ideal. You will see the best of her on better ground.

“It is such a tempting prize and there is great money on offer, so we have to take our chance.

“There are only five in the chase before so hopefully the ground won’t be cut up to bad. She is a lovely mare to have and we will give it a go.

“If we get in the frame that would be good.”

The field is completed by Mill Quest, Robbina and Youcantcallherthat.