Williams relies on Le Rocher

  • Last Updated: February 19 2014, 12:47 GMT

Nick Williams' Le Rocher is his sole entry in the JCB Triumph Hurdle with 45 remaining in the race at the latest forfeit stage.

Le Rocher: JCB Triumph Hurdle hopeful
Le Rocher: JCB Triumph Hurdle hopeful

Stablemate Fox Norton, a Grade 2 winner at Doncaster from subsequent Musselburgh victor Broughton, was one of 20 horses scratched from the race on Wednesday.

Impressive Trials Day winner Le Rocher is among the 45 along with Broughton, while other well-fancied entries such as Calipto, Guitar Pete and Pearl Castle stand their ground.

Dessie Hughes' Guitar Pete heads 18 Irish-trained entries, with Gigginstown Stud responsible for four of them; the Gordon Elliott-trained trio Clarcam, Halling's Treasure and Tiger Roll, and Noel Meade's Powder Hound.

Willie Mullins has six entries headed by Susannah Ricci's Adriana Des Mottes and Andrea and Graham Wylie's Ivan Grozny.

Aidan O'Brien's Plinth also remains in the entries despite being beaten, along with Ivan Grozny, by Guitar Pete at Leopardstown.

The Brock Again, trained by Yannick Fouin, is the one entry from France.

Along with Calipto, Paul Nicholls has Alcala - an intended starter at Kempton this weekend - for the Wylies, Nicky Henderson has Kentucky Hyden and Royal Irish Hussar (Fred Winter hopeful Dawalan scratched), David Pipe has Azza and Jonjo O'Neill has Goodwood Mirage.

John Quinn has four entries - Pearl Castle, Aurore d'Estruval, Forced Family Fun and the unbeaten Rutherglen.

Harry Fry's Activial, second to Calipto on debut at Newbury, is in there, along with the Alan King-trained pair of Chocola and Duroble Man.

There are five horses yet to make their hurdling debuts in the contest: Agreement, Amoruccio, Cherry Tiger, Streak and Sunblazer.

Le Rocher heads the betting with Sky Bet at 6/1, ahead of Calipto (7/1) and Guitar Pete (9/1).

JCB Triumph Hurdle

ABBYSSIAL (IRE)

ACHTUNG

ACTIVIAL (FR)

ADRIANA DES MOTTES (FR)

AGREEMENT (IRE)

AKDAM (IRE)

ALCALA (FR)

ALL PEPPER (GER)

AMORUCCIO (FR)

ARZEMBOUY PREMIER (FR)

AURORE D'ESTRUVAL (FR)

AZZA (FR)

BALLYGLASHEEN (IRE)

BROUGHTON (GER)

CADOUDOFF (FR)

CALIPTO (FR)

CHERRY TIGER

CHOCALA (IRE)

CLARCAM (FR)

COMMISSIONED (IRE)

DUROBLE MAN

FORCED FAMILY FUN

GITANE DU BERLAIS (FR)

GOODWOOD MIRAGE (IRE)

GUITAR PETE (IRE)

HALLING'S TREASURE

HANDIWORK

HAWK HIGH (IRE)

IVAN GROZNY (FR)

KENTUCKY HYDEN (IRE)

LE ROCHER (FR)

LINDENHURST (IRE)

NOBLE INN (FR)

ORGILGO BAY (IRE)

PEARL CASTLE (IRE)

PLINTH (IRE)

POWDER HOUND

ROYAL IRISH HUSSAR (IRE)

RUTHERGLEN

SPACE SHIP

STREAK

SUNBLAZER (IRE)

THE BROCK AGAIN

TIGER ROLL (IRE)

VIOLET DANCER


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