A number of last season's leading novice hurdlers are due to renew acquaintances at Down Royal on Friday afternoon for the Grade Two WKD Hurdle.

Apple's Jade has only lost once in her career to date, and that came at the hands of Ivanovich Gorbatov in the Triumph Hurdle at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

However the former Willie Mullins-inmate went on to reverse that form in some style when winning by an astonishing 41 lengths at Aintree.

The Gigginstown Stud star went on to back this form up three weeks later at Punchestown.

Now with Gordon Elliott after leaving Mullins' yard, she galloped well enough on Tuesday to convince Elliott she is ready to start off in the WKD Hurdle.

Elliott told the Irish Independent: "The plan is she'll run in Friday's WKD Hurdle, though I'm keeping an eye on the ground for a good few of my runners.

Joseph O'Brien's Ivanovich Gorbatov has disappointed somewhat since his Cheltenham success, finishing second to Apple's Jade at Aintree while Let's Dance split the pair at Punchestown and so will be looking to take advantage of what should be suitable ground conditions.

Jer's Girl, winner of two Grade Ones last season including the Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown, is another stand-out entry for Gavin Cromwell.

Shorn of Apple's Jade, Willie Mullins is represented by another Grade One winner in the form of Footpad, along with Rich Ricci's Thomas Hobson.

The field is made up by My Manekinko, Petit Mouchor - another former Mullins horse, Rashaan, Wishmoor, Mahler Ten and Hello Sweetie.