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Saturday 22 July 2017

Cheltenham heroes could clash in the BoyleSports Champion Chase at Punchestown

Un De Sceaux
Un De Sceaux

Cheltenham Festival heroes Un De Sceaux and Special Tiara are the headline acts amongst 17 entries for the BoyleSports Champion Chase on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival on April 25.

The Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux produced one of the most visually impressive performances of the Cheltenham Festival with a dominant display in the Ryanair Chase and looks a likely candidate to return to two miles, with stablemate Douvan sidelined by injury.

The Henry De Bromhead-trained Special Tiara profited from Douvan's demise to claim Queen Mother Champion Chase glory.

However, connections have stated that the Celebration Chase at Sandown is his preferred target at this stage.

Rock The World could be stepped up in grade by Jessica Harrington after winning the Grand Annual.

Fox Norton would be a major contender if sent from Britain by Colin Tizzard.

The seven-year-old was beaten just a head by Special Tiara at Cheltenham before bolting up in the Melling Chase at Aintree last week.

Last year's winner God's Own, trained by Tom George, is another possible British challenger.

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