Tornado Flyer is likely to head Willie Mullins’ assault on the Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle as he bids for an eighth win in the Grade One at the County Kildare course on Sunday.
The six-year-old made a winning debut over hurdles at Punchestown last month, after ending last term with victory in the Champion Bumper at the Punchestown Festival.
Come To Me and Getareason are the other two possible Mullins representatives.
“Tornado Flyer would look a likely one and there’s a couple of others that could run there, too,” said the Closutton handler.
“Come To Me was a good winner of his maiden hurdle at Cork a few weeks ago and Getareason is another that could line up. He ran well at Navan over this trip last month.”
In-form trainer Joseph O’Brien is looking to secure his second Grade One success of the season with Lone Wolf.
He looked to have a bright future when making a winning return to action at Fairyhouse last month. The six-year-old was also successful in a bumper at the Punchestown Festival in April.
“The plan is run to Lone Wolf on Sunday,” said O’Brien
“It was nice to start the year off with a winner at Fairyhouse on Tuesday and hopefully Lone Wolf can represent us well in the first Grade One of the year at Naas on Sunday.”
O’Brien has also left in Choungaya and Naas maiden hurdle winner Rhinestone.
The 17 possibles also include the unbeaten Battleoverdoyen, one of five horses that could represent trainer Gordon Elliott and owners Gigginstown House Stud.
The Meath-based handler can also call on the Gigginstown-owned Defi Bleu, Felix Desjy, Monbeg Worldwide and Commander Of Fleet.
Noel Meade last won the race in 2012 with Monksland and could seek to bridge that gap with First Approach and Valdieu.