Apple's Jade one of ten remaining despite reservations over running
Despite Gigginstown House Stud insisting Apple’s Jade was set to stay in Ireland for the remainder of the season, the Mares’ Hurdle winner remains one of ten in contention for the 2m4f Aintree Hurdle, which includes Champion Hurdle victor Buveur D’Air.
The admirable five-year-old posted a breathtaking 41-length win in the 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at the track last season, but it was announced earlier in the week she would not be travelling over.
Several look set to reoppose Buveur D’Air from Cheltenham, including second-placed My Tent Or Yours, who also finished second to Annie Power in this race last year, vanquished Champion Hurdle favourite Yanworth and winner of the 2014 Aintree Hurdle The New One.
On the other hand, fellow former winner Jezki looks as if he will step back down in trip following a luckless display in the Stayers’ Hurdle.
Identity Thief will aim to get his career back on track following a turbulent chasing campaign, while Paul Nicholls could rely on his smart handicappers Modus and Old Guard. Rashaan, who beat Apple’s Jade at Down Royal in November, completes the line-up.
Buveur D’Air currently heads the market at 1-2, with questionable runner Apple’s Jade next best at 9-2.