Arvika leads off Mullins' Novice tilt
ENTRIES for St Stephen's Day at Leopardstown, Limerick and Down Royal were revealed yesterday and the Grade One Racing Post Novice Chase has attracted 12 acceptors with Willie Mullins the trainer of four of them.
Mullins' impressive front-running Drinmore Novice Chase winner Arvika Ligeonniere (above) could be set for a drop back in trip as he goes in search of a second Grade One and third win over fences, although his stable companions Aupcharlie, Marito and Twinlight also hold an engagement there.
Mouse Morris' Baily Green, who racked up a winning sequence of seven before going down in Grade Three company to Twinlight also holds an entry in the feature of Leopardstown's first day, while Drinmore runner-up Dedigout and Jessica Harrington's recent Navan winner Oscars Well are other notable entries.
The Grade Two Q8 Oils Juvenile Hurdle pitches the best of the Irish three-year-old hurdlers so far up against one another and Fairyhouse Grade Two winner Our Connor will be looking to extend his run to a hat-trick of wins for Dessie Hughes.
Again, Mullins has a strong hand with Blood Cotil and Diakali, while Pat Flynn has Brog Deas and South South West.
At Limerick, the Grade Two Greenmount Novice Chase looks a really good affair as Aupcharlie also holds an entry there along with Dedigout, Marito and Sword Of Destiny who are also in Leopardstown.
Mikael D'Haguenet, Mount Benbulben and The Westener Boy are other notable entries in that feature race that don't also have the option of Leopardstown.