One of the Irish bankers ahead of the four day meeting is the Willie Mullins trained Concertista who is as short as 8/11 in places to win this race.
Mullins has won nine of the last 12 renewals of this race, with the likes of Quevega, Benie Des Dieux and Vroum Vroum Mag and he thinks that Concertista is just as good, if not bette than some of those horses.
The seven year old for Simon Munir and Isaac Souede is lightly raced in Britain and Ireland, making her hurdles debut for the yard back in March 2019, when beaten a head in the Grade Two Mares Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival.
Being very much a spring horse, this mare comes alive at the festival and last year having not set the world alight in Ireland, went back into the Grade Two Mares Novices Hurdle and took the event by an ever growing 12 lengths.
Having put up one of the performances of the meeting the yard, this year decided to aim her at this Grade One event and she has done nothing but improve all season.
She started her season off at Fairyhouse stepping up in trip for the first time and she saw off Minella Melody in impressive style to take the Grade Two event.
She last seen again in December at Leopardstown over 2m4f in the Grade Three Mares Hurdle and she emphatically brushed aside a smart field of mares.
Doing all this before the Spring where she has proved she comes alive is only a bonus and she looks very tough to beat.