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Quevega bids to rule World again

Quevega is likely to bid for back-to-back victories in the World Series Hurdle at Punchestown on May 5.

Although trainer Willie Mullins has given the talented mare an entry in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle the previous day, the longer race is the preferred target after she won the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle for the third successive year at Cheltenham.

Mullins said: "Quevega will be going for the three-mile hurdle, I think. I worried whether we had got her straight enough for Cheltenham but I think maybe it actually suits her better to be like that because she was very impressive. I am quite pleased with her and how she has come out of Cheltenham."

Another among the 20 entries is Quevega's stablemate Thousand Stars, who is also engaged in the Champion. Mullins has yet to finalise a target for the seven-year-old following his close second to Oscar Whisky in the Aintree Hurdle over two and a half miles earlier this month.

The County Carlow trainer added: "At the moment, Thousand Stars seems to be in good form after Aintree. We won't make a decision up until the day, which way we go with him."

Mullins has four other entries in the race - Mourad, Blackstairmountain, Mikael D'Haguenet and Sir Des Champs, winner of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

"We're yet to decide what to do with Sir Des Champs," the handler went on.

"All I know is that I have only run him three times and he has won three times, so I don't know how good he is. We might decide to find out or we might put him out to grass. I have a few entries for him and could run him in a handicap, so we'll see."

Other World Series Hurdle entries include the Gordon Elliott-trained Coral Cup winner Carlito Brigante and the Sabrina Harty-trained Won In The Dark.


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