Last season's impressive juvenile looks set to take on the big guns at the Cheltenham Festival.
Trainer Gordon Elliott has decided to aim exciting filly Apple's Jade at next year's Champion Hurdle and not the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.
As short as 2/1 with some firms for the Mares' Hurdle yesterday, the 4yo has drifted out to as big as 7/2 following this morning's news.
Her trainer Elliott told the Racing Post: "She is an amazing horse to get into the yard. She looks so exciting. I have never had a proper Champion Hurdle hope before. With Identity Thief going chasing, I would imagine Apple's Jade will be aimed at the Champion Hurdle."
He added: "We are not 100 per cent sure where she will start off but at the moment I am looking at the Fishery Lane Hurdle at Naas in the second week of November. She hasn't done a full, proper piece of work yet but she is set to do one over the next couples of days. Of all the Gigginstown horses that were coming out of Willie's, Apple's Jade was probably the one I wanted most along with Blow By Blow."
Apple's Jade was last seen landing the Grade 1 juvenile hurdle at Punchestown in April and had previously landed a similar prize at Aintree by 41 lengths. She's available at 8/1 to triumph in the Champion Hurdle in 2017.