Nine face Arkle test
Just nine horses have been declared for the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham.
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Willie Mullins has yet to win an Arkle but the Irish handler could plug a rare gap in his CV with Champagne Fever.
No stranger to winning at the Festival, the former Champion bumper and Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner will attempt to bounce back from a disappointing run over Christmas.
Impressive Leopardstown winner, Trifolium and the Tony Martin-trained, Ted Veale complete a strong team from Ireland.
Nicky Henderson bids to win the race for the third year in succession and the champion trainer relies upon Grandouet, while Paul Nicholls will be represented by Dodging Bullets.
2012 Champion Hurdle winner, Rock On Ruby, scored for Nicholls during his tenure at Ditcheat, and the nine-year-old attempts to land his first Grade 1 for Harry Fry.
Fellow Doncaster scorer, Valdez, bids to follow in the hoofprints of My Way De Solzen and Voy Por Ustedes for Alan King.
Brick Red and Western Warhorse complete the declarations.