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Tiger hoping to extend festival Roll

Updated: Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:54 | Comments

Tiger Roll is set to make a big impact at Punchestowen
Tiger Roll is set to make a big impact at Punchestowen

Triumph Hurdle hero Tiger Roll is the star name among 13 horses declared for the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown on Saturday.

Gordon Elliott's youngster belied his inexperience when powering clear up the Cheltenham hill on just his third competitive start at the Festival and plenty of those who finished behind him re-oppose this weekend.

Nicky Henderson sends both Triumph Hurdle runner-up Kentucky Hyden and the sixth home Royal Irish Hussar on the trip from Britain.

The Dessie Hughes-trained Guitar Pete was third at Cheltenham and also turns out again having subsequently won the major juvenile prize at Aintree's Grand National meeting.

Willie Mullins' Abbyssial fell at the second flight in the Triumph and brought down stable companion Adriana Des Mottes.

Both are in this field again on Saturday, with the latter having since won a Grade One mares' race at Fairyhouse.

John Quinn's Pearl Castle (seventh), John McConnell's Lindenhurst (ninth) and Aidan O'Brien's Plinth (12th) all take on Tiger Roll again having also finished behind him at Prestbury Park.

Nick Williams decided to skip Cheltenham with Fox Norton and although he was slightly disappointing at Aintree, he is another who makes the journey across the Irish Sea.

Edward O'Grady's Kitten Rock, Robbie Hennessy's Space Ship and Streak from Tom Mullins' yard complete the line-up.

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