Voler La Vedette is one of the leading Irish-trained hopes for Thursday’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle, despite suffering a shock reverse at the hands of Zaidpour last time.
Winner of her first three starts this term, including the Grade One Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, she had twice beaten Willie Mullins’ Mourad, who again tries his luck.
Trainer Colm Murphy said: “It’s all good with her. Everything’s in order with her and she seems well.
“I’ve my fingers crossed she’ll run a big race and I’m hoping for the best.”
Mourad is one of four runners for Mullins in the World Hurdle, but the trainer thinks Thousand Stars represents his best chance in the race.
“Thousand Stars has good form around Cheltenham and he’ll like the ground, so hopefully he gives us our best chance of shaking up the top horse,” said Mullins.
“He made a couple of mistakes in Leopardstown the last day but other than that, he ran a right good race.”
Former Festival winner Mikael D’Haguenet returns to the scene of his 2009 victory in what is now the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle, while the in-form So Young also takes his chance.
“The other three look well held and we’re just hoping for the best with them, hoping they might get some place money,” Mullins added.
“Mikael D’Haguenet is a winner around here, Mourad has form here as well.
“So Young ran well at the Festival last year, so fingers crossed.”