SUNDAY'S Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase meeting at Punchestoen is shaping up to be a significant day of Cheltenham Festival trials with some very notable entries throughout the seven-race programme, writes Niall Cronin.
The feature race is the Boylesports Free Wifi Tied Cottage, which boasts the likes of Moscow Flyer, Big Zeb and Sizing Europe on it's roll of honour, and eight entries were made for the two-mile Grade Two with the Willie Mullins pair of Arvika Ligeonniere and Twinight included.
Tony Martin's Bog Warrior could make his first start since injuring himself when finishing fifth in the World Hurdle behind Solwhit last year, while Gigginstown also have Rathlin and Toner D'Oudairies included.
The Mouse Morris-trained Baily Green is due to take his chance prior to going to Cheltenham as is Henry de Bromhead's Special Tiara despite the ground not being in the seven-year-old's favour, while Desert Cry has been given an entry by Donald McCain.
Champion trainer Willie Mullins has the formidable team of City Slicker, Moyle Park, Valseur Lido, Vautour and Wicklow Brave to pick from. Gordon Elliott's debut winner Roll It Out and Dessie Hughes' impressive maiden winner Lieutenant Colonel are also among the entries.
The Glenfarclas PP Hogan Memorial Chase is over the banks and it is the race in which Big Shu warmed up for his Cheltenham/Punchestown double last year when finishing second to Arabella Boy.
Peter Maher's Cheltenham Festival hero is likely to return to Punchestown for his seasonal debut this Sunday with Cross-Country expert Enda Bolger responsible for five of the entries.