Bapaume heads home team in Stayers Hurdle

No Apple’s Jade or Laurina

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Bapaume heads a field of 10 in Thursday’s Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown.

Willie Mullins’ six-year-old has been consistent this season and finished a fine fourth behind Paisley Park in the equivalent race at the Cheltenham Festival.

Mullins also runs Bacardys and Killultagh Vic.

Dan Skelton, fresh from making history by becoming just the second trainer to reach the 200-winner milestone during a season in Britain, sends over Aux Ptits Soins, who was impressive in handicap company at Aintree.

While deciding against running Apple’s Jade, Gordon Elliott still has three runners. Cracking Smart, Dortmund Park and Prince Of Scars.

Unowhatimeanharry, Vision Des Flos and Not Many Left complete the field.

The other Grade One race on Thursday is the two-mile Ryanair Novice Chase which sees the Arkle winner Duc De Genievres clash with Philip Hobbs’ Defi Du Seuil.

The British-trained raider will be dropping in trip having won the JLT at the Cheltenham Festival in March over two miles and five furlongs.

As well as Duc De Genievres Mullins also runs the promising Chacun Pour Soi and Voix Du Reve, a Grade One winner last time out.

Henry de Bromhead’s Aintree winner Ornua and Joseph O’Brien’s Us And Them, second in four Grade Ones this season, also run along with Duca De Thaix.

Bapaume heads home team in Stayers Hurdle
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