Mullins' novices set for Galway return
Willie Mullins unleashed two novice hurdlers at the Galway Festival that already had people talking about Cheltenham in March and both Bachasson and Long Dog are entered for Ballybrit's September meeting next week.
Galway stage a three-day fixture next week starting on Monday with an all-Flat card but on Tuesday the two impressive Festival winners feature in the entries for the Deacy Gilligan Novice Hurdle over 2m2f.
Bachasson is second favourite to only Cheltenham Bumper winner Moon Racer in the betting for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle next year following his 16-length triumph at the end of July, while Long Dog is third favourite for the longer Neptune Investment's Novices' Hurdle after his 10-length win.
As the jump season starts to go up through the gears there is also a Grade Three novice chase on Tuesday's card with Grade One-winning hurdler Guitar Pete a potential runner for Sandra Hughes.
A winner of his beginners chase at Kilbeggan, Guitar Pete would look the pick of the seven entries for that contest.
Entries also closed for the annual meeting on the beach at Laytown which takes place next Thursday. There was the normal strong entries for the races which carry a maximum field of 10 runners and will be started from stalls for the first time ever this season.
The biggest entry was received in the Balmarino Handicap with 37 horses hoping to get a run in the 47-65 handicap to be run over six furlongs.