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Champion Hurdle hopeful will aim to maintain unbeaten run this season at Naas on Sunday

The JP McManus-owned horse has been declared for the five-runner Limestone Lad Hurdle.

ESPOIR D’ALLEN, QUOTED as low as 16/1 for the Unibet Champion Hurdle in March, has been declared for the five-runner Limestone Lad Hurdle (1.50) at Naas on Sunday.

Mark Walsh onboard Espoir D'allen comes home to win Espoir D'Allen comes home to claim victory at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival in 2017. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

The Gavin Cromwell-trained five-year-old, owned by JP McManus, has won six times over hurdles so far in his career from just seven starts.

A big display here could mean the green light for the opening day featured event at Cheltenham in just over six weeks time.

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have dominated this Grade 3 race in recent years.

They are both represented again with champion trainer Mullins running 2015 County Hurdle hero Wicklow Brave while Elliott’s sole challenger is seven-time winner Tombstone.

Paddy Mullins on Wicklow Brave Paddy Mullins on board Wicklow Brave in Fairyhouse last December. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

The quintet is completed with Jessica Harrington’s Forge Meadow, who has five career wins to her credit, and the Gearoid O’Loughlin-trained outsider Jarob.

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