Last year's Champion Bumper winner Relegate can land the wordy opener - the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors '50,000 Cheltenham Bonus For Stable Staff' Novice Hurdle - a Grade One over two miles and six furlongs.
Already a grade one winner of course at Cheltenham last term, this mare finished third on her debut over hurdles - eventually promoted to second, before scoring next time out at Naas.
Ruby Walsh has chosen to ride this six year old with others from the Mullins yard in the contest and he has a 30 percent win rate for the last 14 days. With this, Mullins is in fine form with a 20 percent strike rate over the last two weeks.
Star mare Apple's Jade; in receipt of 6lb or better from all of her rivals, can use that to her advantage once again as she goes in search of a fourteenth career success in the Irish Champion Hurdle.
Three from three this term - all under the odds of even money, she streaked clear to land the Christmas Hurdle here; albeit Faugheen fell two out when in with every chance.
Many would of expected the mare to still land the spoils, and although dropping to two miles for the first time since November 2016, she is expected to come through with as many as three options at the Cheltenham Festival all crying out for her name.
Jack Kennedy will be on board this superstar tomorrow and he is running at a 19 percent strike rate for the last two weeks. With this Gigginstown and Elliott have a superb 17 percent record for the year which is amazing for the amount of horses that have run.
Defi Du Seuil can take a competitive looking Scilly Isles Chase.The 2017 JCB Triumph winner certainly looks to have his career back on track since making the transition to fences.
He looked so awkward for Barry Geraghty on his debut in an Arkle trial back in November, before improving massively for a novice chase over further at Exeter - beating both Topofthegame and Black Op.
Second to Lostintranslation in the Dipper on New Years Day was still a good effort, and we think he will reverse the form here.
Barry Geraghty is a jockey in fine form for the last 14 days running at a strike rate of 21 percent. With this he does not race at this track that often but is still running at a strike rate of 20 percent for the year.
Envoi Allen has looked impressive in both bumpers he has won this term, and a hat-trick definitely looks on the cards in the Matheson Grade Two Flat Race.
Both victories under Jamie Codd have looked smart, looked efficient, and already is short in the market for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.
Jamie Codd gets the leg up tomorrow on this ride and has a superb record when teaming up with Gordon Elliott as they are running at a 32 percent strike rate. With this, Codd has been flying over the past two weeks and has a 40 percent win rate currently.
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