Voler La Vedette: beaten at 1-7 on her return at Navan earlier this monthPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
La Vedette all set for Hatton's Grace Hurdle
HIGH-CLASS hurdler Voler La Vedette is on course to bid for a second consecutive win in the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday when the 13-time winner will attempt to become the fourth horse to land Grade 1 contest more than once.
The eight-year-old was beaten at 1-7 on her seasonal debut in the the Grade 2 Lismullen Hurdle at Navan 19 days ago, but trainer Colm Murphy said on Thursday: "It's all systems go. Voler La Vedette came out of her Navan run well and there is not a bother on her. She's all set for Sunday."
Voler La Vedette could lock horns with the Willie Mullins-trained trio Thousand Stars, Zaidpour and So Young as well as Noel Meade's smart novice hurdler Monksland.
Imperial Commander: missed intended comeback in the Betfair ChasePICTURE: Getty Images
Imperial Commander on road to recovery at home
FORMER Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Imperial Commander, who missed his intended comeback in last weekend's Betfair Chase due to a splint, will be swimming and road-walking on Monday with a view to cantering in six weeks.
The Argento Chase had been mooted as the next target for the 11-year-old and Nigel Twiston-Davies, who saddled a winner at Newbury on Thursday, said he hoped to have him back on track for the race.
The trainer said: "In was only a minor injury and hopefully he'll run at Cheltenham in January."
Smad Place: could head to Newbury if pleasing Alan King on the gallopsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
King considers Newbury option for Smad Place
SMAD PLACE may bid to reverse Ladbrokes World Hurdle form with the mighty Big Buck's in Saturday's Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Big Buck's, unbeaten in 17, will bid for a fourth consecutive victory in the 3m contest, and trainer Alan King is considering allowing Smad Place - more than eight lengths behind Big Buck's at Cheltenham - take his chance in the Grade 2.
He disappointed on seasonal debut at Wetherby, but King said if he pleases on the gallops he will line up against his old rival.
The trainer, quoted on his website, said: "Big Buck's returns to action in the Sportingbet Long Distance Hurdle and I may take him on with Smad Place.
"When the pair met at the Cheltenham Festival, my fellow ran the race of his life to be beaten less than nine lengths in third by Paul's great champion.
"He was disappointing at Wetherby on his seasonal reappearance, but if he pleases me at home he'll go to Newbury."