Getabird is one of 73 entries in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle as Willie Mullins looks to win the race for the fourth time in six years.
The six-year-old was an impressive winner of the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown last month and, as ever, Mullins is well represented with the likes of Sharjah, Whiskey Sour and Laurina all in the mix too.
Nicky Henderson’s Claimantakinforgan and Apple’s Shakira, who is a leading Triumph Hurdle candidate, the Harry Fry-trained If The Cap Fits and Tolworth winner Summerville Boy are also among the chief contenders.
Gordon Elliott’s Samcro holds an entry in the Supreme, but is also one of 98 possibles in the Ballymore Properties Novices’ Hurdle along with Next Destination and On The Blind Side.
Elliott’s Cracking Smart, the ante-post favourite, is one of 83 in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, with Santini and the Emma Lavelle-trained River Don winner Enniscoffey Oscar possibles. Lavelle has also entered Warwick runner-up Paisley Park.
“I’m hoping the ground will have dried up come March because there’s no doubt Enniscoffey is better on nicer ground,” she said.
“He won despite the conditions at Doncaster, but what it did show was there’s no faulting his attitude and he stays three miles.
“He didn’t win until his fourth run this season, but I think that was our fault. We thought our horses were going racing a lot straighter than they actually were, it’s been a learning curve at the new yard.
“Statistics might not be great for River Don winners at Cheltenham, but he deserves to go.
“Paisley Park will run next weekend. He wouldn’t be as streetwise as Enniscoffey as he’s only had three runs and they’ve all been on soft ground.
“He’ll run next week at either Kempton or Doncaster to tell us whether he’ll be going to Cheltenham or not.”
The JCB Triumph Hurdle has attracted 47 entries, with JP McManus holding a strong hand with Apple’s Shakira and Espoir D’Allen leading the way.
Stormy Ireland, We Have A Dream and Alan King’s Redicean are other players.