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Cheltenham Festival bigwigs have revealed entry lists for the four novice chases as the fields begin to take shape with less than eight weeks to go until this year’s four-day fiesta.
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Date: Tuesday, March 15
Entries: Blue Lord, Brave Seasca, Captain Tom Cat, Ciel De Neige, Coeur Sublime, Do Your Job, Edwardstone, Elixir De Nutz, Ferny Hollow, For Pleasure, Grand Bornand, Hardy Du Seuil, Haut En Couleurs, Jungle Boogie, Red Rookie, Ribble Valley, Saint Sam, Shadow Rider, Shakem Up’Arry, Third Time Lucki, War Lord, Magic Daze, Riviere D’etel
Ferny Hollow, the 2020 Champion Bumper winner, is the hot favourite for the first chase of the meeting after an unbeaten start to life over fences including a 1½l defeat of Riviere D’etel at Leopardstown on Boxing Day.
The Alan King-trained Edwardstone leads the British charge after Grade 1 victories on his last two starts at Sandown and Kempton.
Date: Wednesday, March 16
Entries: Ahoy Senor, Annual Invictus, Barnaviddaun, Beacon Edge, Bob Olinger, Bothwell Bridge, Braeside, Bravemansgame, Brinkley, Bushypark, Capodanno, Dickie Diver, Diol Ker, Dusart, Egality Mans, En Beton, Fantastikas, Farouk D’alene, Fighter Allen, Five O’Clock, French Dynamite, Fury Road, Gabynako, Gaillard Du Mesnil, Gallyhill, Galopin Des Champs, Grumpy Charley, Hold That Taught, Imperial Alcazar, Jungle Boogie, L’Homme Press, Mister Coffey, Ontheropes, Oscar Elite, Papa Tango Charly, Pats Fancy, Run Wild Fred, Sounds Russian, Stattler, Stratum, Streets Of Doyen, The Bosses Oscar, Threeunderthrufive, Vanillier, Busselton, Delvino, Silver Forever
Willie Mullins’ Galopin Des Champs delivered one of the most impressive performances of the Christmas period when making a successful start to life over fences.
Bravemansgame is one of the hottest British novice prospects and Paul Nicholls’ charge is three from three over fences this season including the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.
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Date: Tuesday, March 15
Entries: Annual Invictus, Back On The Lash, Beatthebullet, Big Nasty, Braeside, Brinkley, Capodanno, Castle Robin, Cavallino, Come On Teddy, Corach Rambler, Diol Ker, Does He Know, Doyen Breed, En Beton, Eva’s Oskar, Fantastikas, Farouk D’alene, Fern Hill, Five O’Clock, Front Assault, Fury Road, Gustavian, Hold That Taught, Indiana Jones, J’Ai Froid, Jungle Boogie, Lord Accord, Major Dundee, Mr Harp, Omar Maretti, Ontheropes, Opposites Attract, Papa Tango Charly, Pats Fancy, Rapper, Roi De Dubai, Run Wild Fred, Slipway, Stattler, Stratum, Streets Of Doyen, The Bosses Oscar, Threeunderthrufive, Tommie Beau, Torygraph, Vanillier, Your Darling
Favourite Run Wild Fred has been backed by our tipsters on the Cheltenham Countdown podcast including Ruby Walsh. Gordon Elliott’s potential squad also includes last year’s Pertemps Network Final second The Bosses Oscar.
Willie Mullins boasts a strong book of entries including Stattler, Capodanno and En Beton, while Paul Nicholls’ prolific winner Threeunderthrufive could spearhead the British contingent.
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Date: Thursday, March 17
Entries: Barnadviddaun, Blue Lord, Bob Olinger, Bothwell Bridge, Bravemansgame, Capodanno, Captain Tom Cat, Dusart, Egality Mans, El Barra, En Beton, Farouk D’alene, Ferny Hollow, Fighter Allen, French Dynamite, Fury Road, Gabynako, Gaillard Du Mesnil, Gallyhill, Galopin Des Champs, Grand Bornand, Grumpy Charley, Imperial Alcazar, Jacamar, Jungle Boogie, L’Homme Press, Millers Bank, Minella Drama, Mister Coffey, Oscar Elite, Papa Tango Charly, Pic D’Orhy, Presentandcounting, Run Wild Fred, Stattler, Stolen Silver, Thedevilscoachman, War Lord, Bussleton, Hardy Du Seuil, Haut En Couleurs, Nassalam, Saint Sam, Riviere D’etel
Arguably the most exciting novice chaser, Bob Olinger has lived up to the billing so far with two wins from two and is the hot favourite to follow up last year’s success in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.
A brilliant round of jumping in this month’s course-and-distance Paddy Power Novices’ Chase put L’Homme Presse firmly in the antepost mix.
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