Ante-post favourite Kasbah Bliss leads 14 contenders for Thursday’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
Francois Doumen’s French raider was an impressive winner at Haydock last time and only just lost out to triple winner Inglis Drever in last year’s stayers’ showpiece.
He is set to clash with Nicky Henderson’s Long Walk Hurdle winner Punchestowns while Paul Nicholls’ Cleeve victor Big Buck’s is set to make the leap to Grade One company.
Henderson and Nicholls both have second strings to their bows in the shape of Afsoun and Mobaasher respectively.
Henry Daly’s Mighty Man has twice been placed in the race but he will be having his first start since pulling up injured at the Punchestown Festival in April 2007.
Shakervilz, Powerstation and Whatuthink represent the Irish challenge with Alan King’s Blazing Bailey back for more after finishing fourth in 2008.
Fair Along takes in his third successive Festival after scoring second in the 2006 Triumph Hurdle, second in the Arkle 12 months later and then third in the Champion Chase last term.
No Refuge, Pettifour and Tazbar round out the field for the three-mile feature.