Berties Dream is a useful hurdler/chaser who won maiden chase in January and minor hurdle in April, both at Thurles. Dictated steady pace for latter success, though, and unlikely to get things all his own way here.
Get Me Out of Here travels strongly and usually held up in his races. Been holding form well this term and gained long overdue win in Grade 2 event at Fairyhouse in April. Definite chance if seeing out 3m.
Mikael d'Haguenet has gradually found his feet back over hurdles this season, notching up a hat-trick. However, he has come up short on his last 2 starts (shaped as if amiss at Cheltenham last time).
Mourad is a very smart and consistent performer who beat Mikael d'Haguenet in Grade 2 at Navan in February. Rare below-par effort at Cheltenham last time and place claims if bouncing back to form here.
Whatuthink is a one-time smart hurdler/chaser who ran creditably when fourth in Grade 2 events at Gowran and Navan earlier this term. Ran poorly in Irish National last time and difficult to fancy in this grade.
Won In The Dark is not the force he was, failing to get his head in front for over 2 years. Sixth in this race last year but may struggle to match that, let alone better it, this time around.
Quevega is a mare of rare quality, landing the last 4 renewals of the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle and the last 2 renewals of this race. Yet to encounter heavy going, but very difficult to beat all the same.
Voler La Vedette is a tough mare who has proved better than ever this season, twice beating Mourad in Grade 1/2 company in December. Career-best effort when second to Big Buck's in World Hurdle and bold bid expected here.
What A Charm was smart on the Flat for John Oxx and landed the Fred Winter on handicap bow at last year's Cheltenham Festival. Struggled in graded company this season, though, and firmly up against it here.
2. Voler La Vedette
3. Get Me Out of Here
Timeform View: A cracking renewal in which the outstanding-mare Quevega is expected to extend her winning run and take this race for the third year in a row. Voler La Vedette comes here after finishing second to Big Buck's at Cheltenham and should give her old rival most to do. Get Me Out of Here and Mourad can fight it out for minor honours.