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Sunday 19 August 2018

Zeb returns for Master rematch

Dual Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Master Minded and last year's Irish hero, Big Zeb, headed the entries revealed for the 2011 renewal at Cheltenham in March yesterday.

Among 21 entries for the top 2m chase were eight Irish horses, including the last two Arkle winners at the Festival, Sizing Europe and Forpadydplasterer.

Captain Cee Bee, who won the Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown last season, is also among the list with a Willie Mullins quartet of Barker, Golden Silver, J'y Vole and Scotsirish.

Master Minded was also handed an entry for the 2m 5f Ryanair Chase, giving connections the option to stepping up in trip the former champion chaser.



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There are 18 Irish entries for the Ryanair out of the total of 46 received and double entered in the Champion Chase are Barker, Captain Cee Bee, Forpadydplasterer, Golden Silver, J'y Vole and Sizing Europe.

While other notable inclusions from this side of the water are Joncol, Tranquil Sea and Zaarito.

Meanwhile, the entries for the mega Grade One day at Leopardstown next month were also released yesterday and Pandorama was as expected among them along with last year's winner, Joncol.

Paul Nicholls has given himself three options including previous Leopardstown course and distance winner What A Friend, Gold Cup hopeful Pride Of Dulcote and Neptune Collonges, a former Punchestown Gold Cup winner.

Grade One winner Bostons Angel was among 15 in the Dr PJ Moriarty Chase which also included last weekend's Leopardstown Grade Two winner, Magnanimity, and, of course, the Grade One-winning hurdler, Mikael D'Haguenet, who is yet to score over fences.

The Deloitte Novice Hurdle attracted 21 names with Zaidpour, Backspin and Hidden Universe stand out names in that list, while a possible 16 can go to post for the Spring Juvenile Hurdle and Unaccompanied, Toner D'Oudairies and Sailors Warn are notable entries.

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