Michael Verney: State Man can soar once more with Willie Mullins set to mop up on Day 4

Closutton maestro also sends the brilliant Impaire Et Passe in search of Cheltenham-Punchestown double

State Man with jockey Paul Townend up. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile© SPORTSFILE

Michael Verney

We were treated to the legendary Honeysuckle here for the past two seasons, so the complexion of the Grade One Paddy Power Champion Hurdle (5.25) looks a little bit different this time around following her fitting swansong at Cheltenham.