Voler To Face Just Four In The Hatton's Grace

Fri 30th Nov 2012, 12:18

Voler La Vedette in action at Fairyhouse
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Voler La Vedette will face four opponents as she bids to repeat last year's victory in the Grade 1 Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Colm Murphy's star mare has to bounce back after a shock defeat by Whatuthink on her seasonal reappearance at Navan three weeks ago.

Willie Mullins runs So Young and Zaidpour, while Dessie Hughes relies upon Si C'Etait Vrai.

The Noel Meade-trained Monksland, a Grade Two winner at Down Royal on his reappearance four weeks ago, completes the quintet.

The three horses withdrawn at the final declaration stage were Staying Article, Thousand Stars and Trifolium, who is in the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Saturday.

In the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novices Chase Arvika Legeonniere is one of just five runners set to go to post for the Grade 1 contest.

He made a winning debut over fences for Willie Mullins at Punchestown back in May but has since been off the track.

Arvika Ligeonniere is set to clash with four-time chase winner Pride Of The Artic as well as Henry De Bromhead's Buckers Bridge and the Tony Martin-trained Dedigout.

Noel Meade's Texas Jack also runs after winning at Naas earlier this month.

In the first of the three Grade 1's on Sunday Champagne Fever and Minsk feature among a select field of six horses declared for the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle.

The former, winner of last season's Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, made a successful start over hurdles for Willie Mullins when victorious at Cork earlier this month.

Minsk was a high-class horse on the Flat and started this National Hunt campaign with a win at Punchestown in mid-November.

Clonbanan Lad, Jezki, Midnight Oil and Zuzka also take their chance.

Going updates

The ground at Thurles is now Soft, Soft to Heavy in places.