Min impresses in the Melling Chase
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Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott horses dominate the entries for Sunday’s John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown, with nine of the 14 hailing from the yards of Ireland two biggest trainers.

Mullins could run last year’s winner Min, who went on to beat Politologue by 20 lengths in the Melling Chase at Aintree, before finishing second to stable mate Un De Sceux when dropped in trip at Punchestown.

Arkle winner Duc Des Genievres and Real Steel both run in the Jared Sullivan colours, while Mullins could also field Voix Du Reve.

Elliott’s has left in Alpha Des Obeaux, Hardline, the mare Shattered Love and The Storyteller, with the latter two both Cheltenham Festival winners.

Gold Cup runner-up Anibale Fly, who then carried top weight to finish fifth in the Grand National, is a possible runner for Tony Martin, but he also holds an option over hurdles at Navan.

“The plan is to do a piece of work with Anibale Fly tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and see how he goes there, but he’s in great form,” said Martin.

“He’s working away nicely at home and I think he is ready to run, but we’ll just give him a spin in the morning and go from there.

“He has the option of the John Durkan at Punchestown on Sunday and he ran well over that trip last season so it wouldn’t be a worry starting him there.

“Long term the aim would be to get hi m back to the Gold Cup or a Grand National and we’ll just see how he progresses as the season goes on.”

Noel Meade’s Snow Falcon and last season’s hype horse Presenting Percy, along with Waiting Patiently, complete the line-up.