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IT'S hard to believe such an array of top level jump horses are already gracing our presence this weekend but the entries for both Gowran Park tomorrow and Tipperary on Sunday were dotted with some possible candidates for Cheltenham already.

1Sizing Europe -- Henry de Bromhead's charge tops the billing for the weekend. He has been there and done it at Grade One level at Cheltenham and was somewhat unlucky this year. He tops the ratings in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park.

1China Rock -- Last season's Punchestown Gold Cup winner fulfilled the promise that he had always threatened but never quite went through with and it'll be interesting to see if his master trainer Mouse Morris can make him into an outside Gold Cup contender.

1First Lieutenant -- Another Mouse Morris-trained runner (pictured) in the PWC Champion Chase, the former Cheltenham winner is one of the more exciting prospects for the upcoming season despite failing to as-of-yet win a Grade One over fences.

1Forpadydeplasterer -- The former Arkle winner isn't getting any younger, but despite being 10, it'll be interesting to see what route connections take with him this and he owes them nothing.

1Realt Dubh -- Missed almost a year before returning at the deep end in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham and surely isn't finished his winning yet with not a great amount of miles on the clock.

1Blackstairmountain -- Grade One-winning novice who was third in the Galway Plate earlier in the summer and proved his wellbeing on the level recently. Will be another to watch with interested as a routed is mapped for him against the big boys over fences.

1Thousand Stars -- The highest rated horse set to be on show at Tipperary on Sunday, he is one of the most likeable in training and he will continue to contest Grade Ones from here until next April at least.

1Rebel Fitz -- The very progressive Rebel Fitz steps up again to Grade Two company on Sunday in the Friends Of Tipperary Hurdle. It'll be a tough assignment against Thousand Stars but he is match fit and this will prove a real yardstick for connections.

1Captain Cee Bee -- Former Supreme Novices winner who is 11 now but will still win races if conditions suit.

1Whatever Jacksays -- Bounced back to winning ways at Listowel and is far superior to his rivals on ratings in the Grade Three Dolores Purcell Memorial on Sunday. It will be very interesting to see how far he can go up the ladder as he just keeps climbing it.


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