I agree about the form of VVM dictating where she runs but i think Ricci is doubled handed due to the quality of opposition - Lifeboat Mona is a wonderful mare and Apple's Jade on spring ground a different proposition altogether.I have two theories:VVM faces Limini and Apples Jade, meaning the OLBG race could potentially be the most fascinating on Day 1
I'm very surprised that VVM isn't going for the Champion Hurdle as Annie Power did last year, perhaps signalling that they don't think she'd win it or more significantly perhaps that they think Footpad or Wicklow Brave will?
A) She isn't working well enough to go to the CH or WH (still an option but unlikely). Which clearly would be a negative.
B) As WPM wins this for fun, they are worried Liminis last run wasn't true form, as wpm has hinted in interviews. Maybe they think Liminis no sure thing VS AJ.
Que Vega would be no good thing in this renewal.