Willie Mullins boasts an enviable squadron of Cheltenham Festival fancies with Nichols Canyon just one of the many hopefuls heading the betting for the Irish trainer.
His 4/1 favourite for the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle has stepped up to add a couple of useful Grade 1 prizes to his CV this season and is likely to feature prominently on many shortlists.
Mullins has stated that the Neptune is Nichols Canyon’s likely destination although he’s not the only chance likely to go for a race that the saddler has won three times in the last seven years.
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Nichols Canyon: Mullins will have high hopes for his recent Deloitte Novice Hurdle winner, having beaten a few of his re-opposing rivals in that contest. Better ground should suit a charge who’s three from four over timber since his move from the Flat.
Parlour Games: A smart winner of a Neptune tune-up at last year’s Open Meeting at Prestbury Park. John Ferguson’s runner was a subsequent Grade 1 Challow Novices’ Hurdle winner at Newbury and looks good to last the trip.
Outlander: This Gigginstownchance recently impressed when winning a Grade 2 contest at Leopardstown andhas to be respected.Likely to attract further support.
Windsor Park: Dermot Weld’s son of Galileo looked smart enough when landing his maiden back in December. Even defeats since then to some of these rivals haven’t dampened the flood of money for this horse.
Shaneshill: Mullins has already stated that Nichols Canyon and Shaneshill are likely to be kept apart from one another. Does that rule the latter out of this contest?
Tell Us More: The Supreme and the Neptune are the options on the table for this selection although Willie Mullins has intimated he’s not sure which, if any, of the races he’ll target Tell Us More at. Second to the trainer’s third-string at Naas last time out having won three in a row beforehand.
Alvisio Ville: Another Mullins charge who has questions to answer. Third in the Deloitte and his form thus far looks sketchy.
Ordo Ab Chao: Alan King’s charge thrust himself into the Neptune reckoning with a standout performance to beat the favourite and land the Classic Novices’ Hurdle over a similar course and distance in January. One that many are eyeing for another upset.
Arbre De Vie: Progressive type who has quite a few options available. Will probably get the trip but could be exposed in this renewal.
Beast of Burden: Rebecca Curtis’ runner has handed out some thrashings to his opponents in lower grade contests but could he step up to land this big prize?
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