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Monday 20 November 2017

Mullins dominates Deloitte entries

Alvisio Ville
Alvisio Ville

Willie Mullins has five of the possible 12 runners in Sunday's Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Mullins has won the race for the past two years with Champagne Fever and Vautour, who both went on to claim the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

This time, the champion trainer has the exciting Alvisio Ville, who is owned by JP McManus and is second favourite for the Supreme with some bookmakers despite having had only one run over timber to date

Black Hercules, McKinley, Royal Bond winner Nichols Canyon and Sempre Medici complete the Mullins entry.

Mouse Morris' Alpha Des Obeaux was second to Mullins' Douvan, the clear favourite for the Supreme, on his last start and he remains a possible.

"He ran an absolute cracker the last day," said Morris.

"We've left him in just to see what is what, the owners will have a few others in the mix so we'll see.

"He's in at Clonmel (which is currently unraceable) on Thursday."

Tony Martin's Blair Perrone, the Dermot Weld duo of Silver Concorde and Windsor Park, the Sandra Hughes-trained Sub Lieutenant, Henry De Bromhead's Identity Thief and Gordon Elliott's Fort Smith complete the list.

Elliott's Vercingetorix is one of 10 remaining entries in the Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hurdle on the same card.

Useful on the level in France for Andre Fabre, he won well on his hurdling debut at Limerick and forms one part of an immensely strong team of juveniles for his owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.

He should not be confused with the Mike de Kock-trained Flat horse of the same name.

Elliott may also run Punchestown winner Chatham House Rule.

Mullins will be hoping Kalkir gets his career back on track having been put in his place by Fiscal Focus at Christmas.

The Mullins-trained Petite Parisienne, second to Chatham House Rule on debut, is also still possible.

Noel Meade has a couple of interesting entries with Officieux and the newcomer Lettre De Cachet.

Dai Bando, I'll Be Your Clown, Prussian Eagle and Thunder Zone complete the list.

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