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Apple's Jade in line for Punchestown clash with Annie Power

Gordon Elliott is considering options for Grade One-winning mare Apple's Jade.

Having moved to Elliott following the well-publicised split between owners Gigginstown House Stud and Willie Mullins, the five-year-old was beaten a nose by Irving in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle before inflicting defeat on Vroum Vroum Mag in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Although holding a Champion Hurdle entry, the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham is her preferred target in March, and she could meet Annie Power at Punchestown before then.

Elliott said: "There are two races for her (before Cheltenham), including the race at Punchestown. It will probably be the Mares' Hurdle then (at Cheltenham)."

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