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Voler could drop down for Champion

Colm Murphy has warned that soft ground will be needed to see admirable mare Voler La Vedette tackle the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The sseven-year-old struck over the festive period when beating Mourad over three miles at Leopardstown, but could return to the scene of that success over the minimum trip if conditions are right.

"She has come out of her run at Christmas in great shape and I wouldn't be afraid to drop her back in trip, but I'd say she will only run if the ground is soft," said Murphy.

"She has won her Grade One this season which was great and she is settling much better in her races this year."

As well as Hurricane Fly, Willie Mullins could run the resurgent Mikael D'Haguenet, So Young, Zaidpour and Thousand Stars, while Nicky Henderson has entered both Binocular and Spirit Son.

Dermot Weld has Unaccompanied, while Oscars Well, Pittoni and Kalann complete the entry.

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