Cheltenham hopes stand ground

  • Last Updated: February 20 2013, 12:35 GMT

The latest entries for the novice contests at the Cheltenham Festival have been revealed after the latest forfeit stage.

Our Conor: Heads the Triumph entries
Our Conor: Heads the Triumph entries

Betfair Hurdle winner My Tent Or Yours and leading Irish fancy Jezki headline 53 entries for the William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

The former's trainer Nicky Henderson confirmed last week that his horse is an intended runner, putting an end to speculation that he might divert to the Stan James Champion Hurdle such was the impressive nature of his Newbury win.

That success saw him displace Jezki at the head of the ante-post betting, but trainer Jessica Harrington remains adamant that her charge will improve again at Cheltenham and he's her sole representative.

Henderson is also responsible for the favourite for the Racing Post Arkle Chase for which 21 entries remain.

Simonsig is unbeaten so far over fences and odds-on for the Grade One contest, won by stablemate Sprinter Sacre last season.

The Lambourn handler could be set to rely on Hadrian's Approach in the RSA Chase for which Highland Lodge was a notable absentee.

A total of 31 horses remain in contention including ante-post favourite Dynaste along with Willie Mullins's Boston Bob and Back In Focus.

Paul Nicholls has three entries, with Reynoldstown Chase winner Rocky Creek joining Sire Collonges and five-year-old Unioniste.

Dynaste and Unioniste retain entries in the Jewson Novices' Chase but Rocky Creek has been scratched from the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase.

There is a bumper entry for those two contests as there is for the Neptune and Albert Bartlett.

The leading contenders have stood their ground for both contests with Pont Alexandre still having the option of either race.

There are not as many concerns for the JCB Triumph Hurdle with 47 potential contenders for the juvenile contest, including ante-post favourite Our Conor.


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