Bob Olinger is a late absentee from Friday’s Novice Hurdle Champion at Alanna Homes.
The impressive winner of Henry de Bromhead’s Ballymore Novices Hurdle coughed on the morning of the race.
After winning a clean sweep from Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup at Cheltenham, De Bromhead has yet to shoot at Punchestown – and Gold Cup hero Minella Indo was also a late absentee with a bruise in Pierre.
De Bromhead had previously eliminated Decimation, which had run only two days ago.
In their absence, only four remain, including three coached by Willie Mullins.
Jessica Harrington saddles Ashdale Bob, who won sophomore at Fairyhouse this month.
“He’s probably against it, but he didn’t go to Cheltenham and he won two ranks two so he’s entitled to take a chance,” she said.
“It was great to see him win at Fairyhouse.”
The Mullins riders are led by Gaillard Du Mesnil, second behind Bob Olinger at Cheltenham, with Ganapathi and N’golo completing the peloton.
Mullins said on his website: “Gaillard Du Mesnil did well in the Cheltenham race. In fact our other two runners are running for money.
“Ganapathi found the trip too hard in Hurdle County, but this experience will help him here.
“N’golo ran too freely in the Albert Bartlett but a change in tactics here could get him a good chunk of the prize money.”