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No final call on So Young's Festival target

Willie Mullins has a powerful five-strong entry in the Cathal Ryan Memorial Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown, headed by So Young, which was third to the Mouse Morris-trained First Lieutenant in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. Both horses are also engaged in the two-mile Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle.

"We won't decide until nearer the day," said Mullins. "I have always thought So Young was more of a stayer but I will wait to decide."

The other Mullins possibles among a total of 30 entries for the longer race are Zaidpour, Gagewell Flyer, Raptor and Bishopsfurze.

Jessica Harrington has entered Oscars Well, unlucky when fourth to First Lieutenant at Cheltenham, while other entries include the Dessie Hughes-trained Canaly and the prolific mare Our Girl Salley, trained by Prunella Dobbs.

Smart dual purpose performer Unaccompanied is among 21 entries for the AES Champion 4YO Hurdle over two miles on the last day of the Festival.

The Dermot Weld-trained filly has won the Listed Alleged Stakes on the Flat since finishing second to Zarkandar in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

There are five possibles from Britain, including Alan King's Kumbeshwar and the Nicky Henderson-trained Grandouet.

Irish Independent