Thousand Stars bids to make his first appearance at Navan a winning one when he lines up in the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle.
The nine-year-old has to give weight all round due to winning the Grade One French Champion Hurdle, and was last seen finishing second behind his brilliant stablemate Hurricane Fly in the Irish Champion Hurdle.
"Hopefully he's back to his best form. He's not run in Navan before, but I'm sure it's a track he will be well able to handle. While he has got winners' penalties, I think he is getting into better form, so I hope it's a nice opportunity for him," said champion trainer Willie Mullins.
Mullins also saddles On His Own, who has his first start since last year's John Smith's Grand National as his preparation for another crack at the Aintree showpiece gathers pace.
"I think he'll handle the ground. It's a nice introduction to get him back before the National and he won't be as at home over hurdles as he is over fences, but I have to start him somewhere," said Mullins.
Dessie Hughes believes his representative Si C'Etait Vrai has it all to do against Thousand Stars.
"He's a very nice horse but he has a tough task against Willie's horse. Thousand Stars is not far off Champion Hurdle class. It seems like (in) all these conditions races you have to beat one of Willie's. This looks the right race for him and he won well the last day," said the County Kildare trainer.
"Anything from two and a half miles to three is fine, he`s qualified for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham and he'll probably run."
Thyestes Chase winner Jadanli has his first run over hurdles for three years before being aimed at the Irish Grand National, and trainer Paul Gilligan said: "He's going over hurdles for a change of scenery. He's in good form but we're taking on Thousand Stars and On His Own.
"I do not expect him to win, but hopefully he will return home safe and sound. The Irish National is still the plan for him. I thought about running him in the Bobbyjo Chase but decided against it. If Cheltenham turned up soft, he might run in the JLT Handicap Chase."
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