Roll and Pete to clash again

Tiger Roll and Guitar Pete are set to lock horns for the third time this season in the AES Champion 4YO Hurdle at Punchestown on May 3.

The Dessie Hughes-trained Guitar Pete came out on top when the pair finished first and second in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, but Gordon Elliott's charge gained his revenge by claiming top honours in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, with Guitar Pete back in third.

Hughes' charge has since franked the form by striking gold at last week's Grand National meeting at Aintree and connections of both horses are confident of bold shows at Punchestown next month.

Tiger Roll is also in the Racing Post Champion Hurdle, but is set to stick to his own age group.

Elliott said: "Tiger Roll will go to Punchestown for the AES Champion Four-Year-Old Hurdle.

"He has taken his race at Cheltenham well and is in good form at the moment.

"He could not have done any more than he was asked in the Triumph. He looks like a nice horse, so we are looking forward to getting him out again."

Hughes said: "Guitar Pete is pretty likely to go to Punchestown now. He has taken his race at Aintree terrifically well and is in very good form.

"I was impressed with him at Aintree and it was a good ride from Paul (Carberry). We probably should not have been making as much use of him as we were in previous races.

"He had been up in the van every time he won before that and we thought we probably made too much use of him in Cheltenham.

"We wanted to get a lead at Aintree and, although we didn't want to drop him out as far as we did, that's Paul Carberry for you!

"I think we will get closer to Tiger Roll as long as it's not one race too many."

Tiger Roll and Guitar Pete are among 23 entries for the Champion 4YO Hurdle, with Abbyssial, Adriana Des Mottes and Gitane Du Berlais among a strong hand for champion trainer Willie Mullins.

Nick Williams' Fox Norton, John Quinn's Pearl Castle and Nicky Henderson's duo of Kentucky Hyden and Royal Irish Hussar are potential challengers from Britain.