Robbie Hennessy’s charge came right back to his best form at Leopardstown at Christmas and is fancied to give weight and a beating to three rivals.
The eight-year-old jumped beautifully on that occasion and put it right up to Sizing Europe, before being beaten two and a half lengths into second place by Ireland’s leading two-mile chaser.
The absence of Bog Warrior, reportedly now heading straight to the World Hurdle at Cheltenham, seems to leave the way open for Thousand Stars to get back on the winning trail in the Ladbrokes’ Boyne Hurdle.
It has been a case of steady improvement for the grey this season and, following his five lengths second to stable companion Hurricane Fly at Leopardstown last time, he should now be primed to strike.
Tony Martin’s Dedigout, admittedly with plenty to prove, gets the nod in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase.
He was a smashing novice hurdler last season and then made an excellent start over fences at Punchestown in November, winning a poor contest by a street.
But Dedigout disappointed behind Arvika Ligeonniere in the Drinmore at Fairyhouse and ran no sort of race when a remote sixth of six finishers to Back In Focus at Leoparstown subsequently.
But there is no way he has become a bad horse literally overnight and has plenty going for him here.
Tofino Bay, who found loads for pressure when beating Aupcharlie by half a length at Naas, can prove too strong for Terminal in the Irish Form Book Ten Up Novice Chase.
City Slicker is a strong fancy to see off 21 rivals in the Follow Navan On Facebook Maiden Hurdle.
An easy winner of a bumper at Fairyhouse, he was far too free for his own good first time over flights when fourth to Mala Beach at Leopardstown last month.