Min headlines for Willie Mullins in Irish Arkle

Thu 5 Jan 2017

Willie Mullins is responsible for six of the 11 entries in the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

The perennial champion trainer has saddled five previous winners of the two-mile Grade One, with Un De Sceaux and Douvan the last two victors.

Heading this year's squad is Min, who has impressed in two chase starts to date, most recently running away with the Racing Post Novice Chase at this venue on December 26.

American Tom, Bleu Et Rouge, Royal Caviar, Yorkhill and prolific mare Listen Dear complete the Closutton team.

Identity Thief could bid to bounce back to form for Henry de Bromhead after pulling up when expected to challenge Min over the festive period. De Bromhead has also entered Some Plan.

The Mouse Morris-trained Baily Cloud, Gordon Elliott's Ball D'Arc and Road To Respect from Noel Meade's stable are the other contenders.

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