Apple’s Jade for Punchestown

Three time Grade 1 winner Apple's Jade is set to return to action in the Listed Quevega Mares Hurdle at Punchestown on Wednesday February 22.

Apple's Jade (l) beat Vroum Vroum Mag to win the Hatton's Grace Hurdle

The Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old heads a field of nine entries which also include the Willie Mullins trained Grade One winners Limini and Whiteout.

Apple's Jade was an emphatic 41-length winner at Aintree last season before winning the AES Champion 4-Y-O Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival and on her most recent start in December, Apple's Jade beat Vroum Vroum Mag in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle.

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Ellliott revealed that next week's race has always been the plan: "Apple's Jade had a little break after the Hatton's Grace and the plan has always been to go to Punchestown for the Quevega Hurdle on the way to Cheltenham," he said.

"She has a number of options at the Cheltenham Festival and we'll see how she goes on Wednesday first. I've been happy with her and the timing of the race suits us so we're looking forward to getting her out again."

Apple's Jade has an entry in the Stan James Champion Hurdle, the OLBG Mares Hurdle and the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Racing at Punchestown on Wednesday will begin at 1.55 and admission to the fixture is free.

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