Willie Mullins dominates Neptune confirmations at Cheltenham Festival

Thu 9 Mar 2017

Willie Mullins has 20 of the remaining 40 possibles in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle next Wednesday at Cheltenham.

Big hitters like Bacardys, Battleford, Crack Mome, Supreme favourite Melon, Invitation Only, Airlie Beach, Augusta Kate and Let's Dance are still in the mix for the County Carlow handler.

Yet despite holding the strongest hand numerically, the ante-post favourite is Neon Wolf from Harry Fry's yard.

Colin Tizzard's Finian's Oscar is already a Grade One winner, as is the Alan King-trained Messire Des Obeaux.

Willoughby Court has been kept fresh by Ben Pauling since his win at Warwick, while a decision on Keeper Hill's participation has yet to be made by Warren Greatrex.

Henry de Bromhead's Monalee and the Gordon Elliott-trained Death Duty have been left in, yet both horses are thought more likely to run in the Albert Bartlett on Friday.

Consul De Thaix, De Dollar Man, William Henry and Solighoster are others still engaged.

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