Apple’s Jade and Sam Spinner are among 17 entries for Saturday’s Ryanair Stayers Hurdle at Aintree.
Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle, the race looks set to be competitive in the absence of Cheltenham winner Paisley Park, with Stayers’ Hurdle second Sam Spinner in the mix for Jedd O’Keeffe, although the trainer is praying for rain this week.
Apple’s Jade, who ran no sort of race in the Champion Hurdle, also has the option of the Aintree Hurdle over two and a half miles on Thursday.
Supasundae, runner-up in the race 12 months ago, has the same two options for Jessica Harrington.
Roksana, who benefited from the last-flight fall of Benie Des Dieux in the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham could tackle open company while If The Cap Fits, Clyne, Unowhatimeanharry and Wholestone are also engaged.
The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle sees proven performers such as Champ and Brewin’upastorm come up against the unbeaten pair of Emitom and Umbrigado.
Angels Breath, Chosen Mate, Dallas Des Pictons and Fakir D’Oudairies are all among a very classy 25-strong entry.
The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase is the other Grade One event on Saturday, but the race has been reopened until Tuesday morning.