Star mares in line for World showdown

Super mares Quevega and Voler La Vedette are among 13 five-day entries for the Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday.

Super mares Quevega and Voler La Vedette are among 13 five-day entries for the Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday.

Quevega, one of six Willie Mullins’ possibles in the three-mile Grade One, has won the race for the last two years.

The eight-year-old returns to the track on the back of a fourth consecutive success in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Backing up the Mullins assault are Mikael d’Haguenet, Mourad, So Young, Thousand Stars and Zaidpour.

Voler La Vedette was only fourth behind Quevega in this race last spring, but Colm Murphy’s charge tries again after running the brilliant Big Buck’s to a length and three-quarters in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Henry de Bromhead’s Berties Dream, Jonjo O’Neill’s Get Me Out Of Here and Oscars Well, from Jessica Harrington’s stable, also feature in a quality list of acceptors.

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