won here when John Oxx had him two years ago and disappointed here last year.
completed a hurdling hat-trick at Limerick last month and, with champion jockey Paul Carberry on board, faces his stiffest task to date over timber in the Blue Chip Feeds Novice Hurdle.
is trained by Dermot Weld and is half-owned by Michael Smurfit, whose Amid The Chaos made all under Ruby Walsh in the two-mile maiden hurdle to justify his prohibitive 2-13 starting price.
He also pulled Scotland's past together and presented it in a way which ignored the old differences of Highlander and Lowlander
, and presented the country to the world as a single and distinctive nation.
The Master of Rosewell House has five entries in the Melbourne Cup - Media Puzzle, Vinnie Roe, In Time's Eye, Maharib and Lowlander
(which holds an engagement in a maiden hurdle at Downpatrick on Monday) - but will make no decision until after publication of the weights.
They included McGregor Graham itself,Lettuce Catering, Sports Labs, Dabar Timber and Lowlander
Dermot Weld's Lowlander
, a very uneasy favourite, finished a well-beaten seventh.
Despite his reservations, bookmakers are likely to take no chances with Contraband in an intriguing two-mile contest, despite the presence of Champion Hurdle fourth Self Defense, officially top-rated Showpiece, course-and-distance scorer Albuhera and four-timer-seeking Lowlander
, who represents last season's winning connections.
Weld added: "I have got two horses entered for the Chester Cup - Direct Bearing and Lowlander
But it has taken a woman - and a Lowlander
to boot - to highlight the danger the Highland Games future faces.
The champion rider wasted little time, setting the ball rolling in the opener when he teamed up with Dermot Weld's Lowlander
to record the gelding's third victory over hurdles in facile fashion.
Always a man with an eye to the future, Weld has another potential Melbourne Cup contender in the shape of Lowlander
, which camapaigned successfully for John Oxx before being bought by Weld for the partnership of Michael Smurfit and Robert Sinclair.