The Boyne Hurdle was regularly Tiger Roll’s last stepping stone en route to the Cheltenham Festival and plenty with Cheltenham ambitions have been declared for Navan’s Grade 2 again on Sunday 11th February.
They are headed by last year’s winner Blazing Khal, who is once again a fancy for the Stayers’ Hurdle. Charles Byrnes’s stable star is not seen frequently, having only ever raced five times over hurdles, and was sixth in last season’s Stayers’. There will be hopes that further improvement could yet be to come.
Other Stayers’ hopefuls declared for the Boyne Hurdle include the 12-year-old Sire Du Berlais, who stunned the packed stands by claiming the Stayers’ at 33/1 last year. He also warmed up in this contest a year ago when finishing fourth over the inadequately short trip, while both Beacon Edge and De Capo Glory also have entries in Cheltenham’s Thursday showpiece.
However, further entrants in the race have alternative Festival arrangements. Two-time Cross Country Chase winner Delta Work will follow the Tiger Roll path by running here on his way to Prestbury Park having been sixth here in 2023, while stablemate Galvin will join him. The ten-year-old was runner-up in last year’s Cross Country Chase, but prepping for the Festival here could well see him improve his effort in a month’s time.
The field for the Boyne Hurdle is made up by Ashdale Bob, recently taken out of the Stayers’ Hurdle, and Henry De Bromhead’s Hiddenvalley Lake, who is also without any Cheltenham Festival entries.
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