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Vroum Vroum Mag can prove her Champion class at Punchestown

Finian's is an Oscar winner

Vroum Vroum Mag ridden by Ruby Walsh (left) clears the last before winning the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle last season. She can retain her crown this afternoon for trainer Willie Mullins

The Punchestown Champion Hurdle is the €200,000 feature on the fourth day of the Festival and the second and third from the Cheltenham equivalent, My Tent or Yours and Petit Mouchoir, do battle again

A couple of those down the field that afternoon, Wicklow Brave (blinkered now for the first time) and Brain Power, will also attempt to retrieve their reputations.

Nicky Henderson's My Tent Or Yours went on to finish second behind the Cheltenham winner Buveur D'air again at Aintree but the 10-year-old, third here in the race last year behind Vroum Vroum Mag, is still very much a player along with Petit Mouchoir, whose trainer Henry de Bromhead deserves a change of luck this week.

Vroum Vroum Mag spearheads Willie Mullins's assault on the race. He is responsible for five of the 12 runners with Ruby Walsh preferring her to County Hurdle winner Arctic Fire and stablemates Diakali, Ivan Grozny and Wicklow Brave.

Elliott gives Labaik another chance after the Cheltenham Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner refused to set off with the rest of the field in the Champion Novice Hurdle on Tuesday.

Davy Russell replaces Jack Kennedy in the saddle this time and the horse also wears a first-time visor.

The challenger for the trainers' title also saddles Tombstone.

De Bromhead is double-handed with Petit Mouchoir and also Identity Thief, while Colin Kidd's Rashaan completes the home defence.

I think Vroum Vroum Mag will take a deal of beating. Tactically the race will be run to suit her.

She should hold Petit Mouchoir, with Wicklow Brave in with a shout of third.

Finian's Oscar bids to continue the fine run of the Colin Tizzard team when he puts his 100 per cent record on the line in the Champion Novice Hurdle in which Mullins saddles four.

Ruby plumps for Let's Dance over Bacardys, Kemboy and Bleu Berry.

Finian's Oscar missed Cheltenham but had no trouble taking his unbeaten run over hurdles to four at Aintree.

They take on Gordon Elliott's Death Duty, who was beaten when unseating his rider two out in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham. Elliott also saddles Runfordave.

Strangely, there's no four-year-old filly in the line-up.

It worked 12 months ago when Jer's Girl ran home a 10-length winner. With the weight-for-age allowance and the 7lb mares' rebate there's surely something there for them.

The €100,000 novice handicap chase over two-miles-five-furlongs is interesting. Plenty of Cheltenham non-performers to consider including Diamond King, Le Prezien, Balko Des Flos, Arbre De Vie and Last Goodbye.

The latter has some sort of a chance along with Thurles winner Dicosimso and Navan scorer Champagne Harmony.

The €75,000 mares' handicap chase over the same trip might go to Elusive Ivy, third behind Hurricane Ben and Don't Touch it at Fairyhouse.

Don't Touch It's trainer Jessica Harrington runs three here with Robbie Power on the recent Fairyhouse third Girly Girl.

There are 10 runners in the two-mile novice hurdle, four trained by Mullins and three by Elliott.

Ruby rides Riven Light with Patrick Mullins on Montalbano and David Mullins on top-rated Chateau Conti.

They look stronger than the Elliott hand, headed by Chirico Vallis.

On The Fringe looked a bit out of sorts at Liverpool and isn't the force of old but he's bidding for a sixth success in this champion Hunters Chase.

Needs to turn form around with the likes of Balnaslow (second) and Mendip Express (fifth) from the Aintree Foxhunters in which he was pulled up before two out when trailing.

In the opener, 14-year-old Shin A Vee bids for a fourth success in this race but has Tuesday's winner Enniskillen to beat.

OscarDay wasn't disgraced behind Enniskillen and has a bit of a turnaround at the weights but not to the extent of finding 33 lengths.

Buzzkillbob has an outsider's chance too.

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