Tiger Roll will take on seven rivals with the dual Grand National winner declared for a bid at getting his Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle title back on Sunday.
The 11-year-old legend won the race in style in 2019, two months before sealing his second National, and faces a strong field on his first outing since November.
Tiger Roll, whose last three runs in Ireland have come at the County Meath track, carries 11,05 and will be under Keith Donoghue.
Top weight for the 2m5f Grade 2 contest goes to stablemate Fury Road, who kept on for fourth in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown and will be ridden by Jack Kennedy.
Mouse Morris’s French Dynamite will hope to improve on fifth in the Christmas Hurdle and Champion Jockey contender Rachael Blackmore will once again take the ride.
Noel Meade, who won the race in 2004 and 2016, has a strong hand with Grade 3 seasonal winner Beacon Edge and Sixshooter.
Topping the bill for the Grade 2 opener Ladbrokes Ten Up Novice Steeplechase is Espanito Bello for trainer-owner Barry Connell, who won a beginners chase at Naas in December
Gordon Elliott has a fine record on Boyne Hurdle day and he and Jack Kennedy start off in the 13:05 with Coko Beach
12 have been left in for the Racing Again March 6th Handicap Steeplechase, including Ronan McNally’s eight-time winner, 12-year-old The Trigger.
One of Henry De Bromhead’s best hopes comes in the Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle and Minella Escape, a winner on New Years Day at Tramore
Also in that Grade 3 race is Sam Curling’s progressive mare Angels Dawn and Frontal Assault for Elliott.
A full field of 20 stand their ground for the Navan Members Maiden Hurdle, with JP McManus’s Coqolino one of nine at top weight.
The next race, the Ladbrokes Safer Gambling Handicap Hurdle over 2m5f, is also packed to the rafters
The Crawford Brothers have two of the top hopes in the Flower Hill Pro-Am Flat Race to close the card in Now Where Or When and The Flier Begley.