Big names will make JCB Triumph Hurdle running

All the leading fancies stood their ground at the six-day entry stage for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday.

Alan King has declared both Grumeti and Balder Success with the former having recovered from a minor injury scare earlier in the week.

Paul Nicholls is another trainer with a strong hand and he has declared Pearl Swan, Hinterland and Dodging Bullets despite suggesting the latter may wait for Aintree.

Tom George’s Baby Mix has won two of his three hurdle starts in Britain and faces a rematch with Sadler’s Risk, who he had back in second when winning the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton.

Shadow Catcher, Darroun and Hisaabaat head the Irish challenge.