Fishers casts net wide
At Fishers Cross numbers among a huge entry for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Last Updated: 31/01/13 5:15pm
Many of the 107 horses entered have alternative engagements at the Festival and Rebecca Curtis' charge is no different.
The winner of a three mile handicap hurdle at Cheltenham in December, the six year old successfully dropped back in trip when beating The New One in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle back in Gloucestershire on trials day but Curtis has named this three-mile contest as the most likely target for the JP McManus-owned gelding.
Willie Mullins has yet to lift this prize but he usually has a strong hand in the contest and that should be the case once again with the County Carlow handler responsible for 11 entries.
Among them are recent Leopardstown winner Pont Alexandre, Ballycasey and last year's Champion Bumper winner Champagne Fever.
Jonjo O'Neill has won the contest with Wichita Lineman and Black Jack Ketchum and the master of Jackdaws Castle has put together another strong team featuring Challow Hurdle winner Taquin Du Seuil, the unbeaten Cloudy Copper, Tominator and Shutthefrontdoor.
Tominator is not the only former smart Flat performer featured with John Ferguson handing entries to Darley Sun and Zuider Zee while dual Cesarewitch winner Aaim To Prosper could represent Paul Nicholls.
Hold On Julio was second to Cloudy Copper at Kempton on his first run over hurdles since 2008 and trainer Alan King has enjoyed success with a similar type in this race having won the 2008 renewal with the useful chaser Nenuphar Collonges.
Another chaser that could revert to timber is Brian Ellison's stout-stayer Neptune Equester while Coneygree, Gevrey Chambertin and Corrin Wood are among other notable entries.