2019 winner Paisley Park (8/11) was one of the great stories of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival for owner Andrew Gemmell and trainer Emma Lavelle.
An unbeaten campaign culminated in Aidan Coleman navigating a tricky race and almost blundering the last to land the spoils for popular connections.
He's since added the Long Distance Hurdle and Cleeve Hurdle to his list of wins and put all opposition to the sword.
He's not the most glamourous but he just gets the job done time and time again, he will be looking to be the first horse since Big Buck's in 2012 to win back-to-back Stayers' Hurdles, he's far and away most punters' NAP of the week.
Opposition is difficult to predict given Paisley's inclusion, Summerville Boy (7/1) could be a danger, he was beaten just over a length (by Paisley Park) when contesting the Cleeve Hurdle earlier this year.
He's now been aimed at this after a difficult time over fences, but Tom George's 8yo has won at Cheltenham before (Supreme Novices' 2018) and knows what it takes to get up that hill.
Emitom (10/1) is highly regarded by connections and a wonderful display in the Rendlesham enhanced the 6yo's glowing reputation.
Owner Warren Greatrex says he has the "world at his feet" - Greatrex famously won the Stayers' with Cole Harden in 2015. Jockey Gavin Sheehan has since stated "he's the one in the race who could really put it up to Paisley Park."
Eddie O'Leary hinted that 2017 Mares' Hurdle winner Apple's Jade (14/1) could head to the race after her win at Leopardstown over 3 miles, beating the likes of Unowhatimeanharry, Penhill and Bacardys. But after being pulled up in the Galmoy Hurdle, Gordon Elliott suggested this race could be her swansong.
Martin Brassil, trainer of City Island (12/1), has described this year's renewal as "very open if you take out the favourite". His horse is yet to run further that 2m5f but Brassil is "confident" he will stay 3m – he has Cheltenham form as well, beating Champ in last year's Ballymore.
Win And Each Way | Non Runner No Bet. | 3 Places | Thu., Mar. 12, 2020 | 03:30pm
|Champ||9.00 8/1 800|
|Apple's Jade||15.00 14/1 1400|
|Bacardys||21.00 20/1 2000|
|Tobefair||67.00 66/1 6600|
|Laurina||34.00 33/1 3300|
|Kilbricken Storm||67.00 66/1 6600|
|The Worlds End||26.00 25/1 2500|
|The Jam Man||101.00 100/1 10000|
|William Henry||34.00 33/1 3300|
|L'ami Serge||26.00 25/1 2500|
|Summerville Boy||8.00 7/1 700|
|Portrush Ted||67.00 66/1 6600|
|Court Maid||251.00 250/1 25000|
|Donna's Diamond||67.00 66/1 6600|
|Killultagh Vic||101.00 100/1 10000|
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