Quevega on course to make history
Quevega still remains on course in her attempt to win a sixth Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival
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Entries were revealed on Wednesday for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle, Weatherbys Champion Bumper and CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup meaning that the horses engaged in all 27 Festival contests are now in the public domain.
All eyes will be on the Willie Mullins-trained Quevega, who was one of 24 entries in the Grade Two OLBG Mares' Hurdle on Champion Day, Tuesday, March 11. The 10-year-old will bid to make history by bidding to win the race for a sixth consecutive year. No horse has won the same race six times at The Festival.
Quevega's opponents could include her stablemate Annie Power, who is also engaged in the Stan James Champion Hurdle and Ladbrokes World Hurdle, and last year's runner-up Sirene D'Ainay, one of two French-trained entries alongside Uddy.
Leading home-based contenders include the John Quinn-trained Cockney Sparrow, winner of an OLBG-backed Listed event at Wetherby in November, Down Ace, who is unbeaten in five starts under Rules for Fergal O'Brien, and the Harry Fry-trained Highland Retreat, winner of the Grade Two OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle at Ascot in January.
Quevega's handler Willie Mullins is bidding for a ninth success in the Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper and accounts for five of this year's 41 entries. They include a duo representing last year's winning owners Andrea and Graham Wylie, Black Hercules and Shaneshill, and a pair who both scored at the weekend, Killultagh Vic and Westhorpe.
Other leading contenders for the season's top National Hunt Flat Race, staged on Ladies Day, include Robert Stephens' stable star Modus, the Dermot Weld-trained Vigil, who scored at Leopardstown on February 9, and Golantilla, who finished second to Killultagh Vic on Sunday and finished third in last year's Weatherbys Champion Bumper.
There are 34 entries in the CGA Foxhunter Chase, staged on Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 14, including the cream of the hunter chase and point-to-point talent from Britain and Ireland.
Mossey Joe, who was bought for £160,000 by owner Barry Connell at the Brightwells Sale at Cheltenham in January, is one of two entries representing trainer Enda Bolger, along with On The Fringe, a hunter chase winner at Down Royal on December 26.
Alan Hill, who rode the 1985 CGA Foxhunter Chase winner Elmboy, has saddled two runner-ups in the last six years and he has two chances of going one better this season via Harbour Court, a point-to-point winner at Cottenham on Saturday, and Ravethebrave, successful at Badbury Rings on Sunday.
Last season's champion British point-to-pointer Palypso De Creek represents Lincolnshire handler Jill Dawson while 14-year-old That's Rhythm heads to Cheltenham on the back of a Musselburgh hunter chase win on February 2 for trainer Sally Duckett.