With a field of just six runners in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham, Monkfish will be hoping to maintain his unbeaten status.
Trained by Willie Mullins, the seven-year-old has looked a different class in winning all his three starts over fences.
Including Hurdle’s, he has won his last six races in all, including the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Festival in 2020.
The only other Irish trained rival will be Henry de Bromhead’s Eklat De Rire, who was the winner of a Grade Three at Naas.
Representing the English runners will be the Philip Hobbs-trained Sporting John, who came back to form when winning the Scilly Novices’ Chase at Sandown. The Colin Tizzard duo of Fiddlerontheroof and The Big Breakaway with Nicky Henderson’s Dickie Diver, will make up the sextet on Wednesday. Missing on Wednesday though, will be the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Roar’ if Monkfish lands the prize.
Bob Olinger, from the de Bromhead stable, tops another small but select field of seven for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.
He is ante-post favourite on the back of a comfortable victory in the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle.
The Mullins-trained Gaillard Du Mesnil is his main market rival after his Grade One success at Leopardstown.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Bravemansgame looks the pick of the UK team, having won the Challow Hurdle at Newbury.
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