Facile Vega, our odds-on antepost favourite for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, heads 67 entries for the 2023 Cheltenham Festival’s curtain-raiser.
The exciting son of the legendary Quevega is one of 16 – alongside the likes of Champ Kiely, Impaire Et Passe, Gaelic Warrior and Il Etait Temps – entered by that man Willie Mullins.
Barry Connell’s Marine Nationale is, according to the current betting at least, the most likely challenger to the favourite and was also handed an entry on Tuesday morning.
Other Irish raiders include Gordon Elliott’s Irish Point and American Mike, plus the popular High Definition for Joseph O’Brien – while Henry de Bromhead has Arctic Bresil and Inthepocket in the mix.
The British contingent is led by Paul Nicholls’ Tolworth winner Tahmuras, followed by Rare Edition for Charlie Longsdon and Nicky Henderson’s Jet Powered.
Interestingly, Henderson has also given the current Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle favourite Luccia an entry at this early stage.
Full list of entries for the 2023 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Absolute Notions, Aime Desjy, American Mike, Amir Kabir, Arctic Bresil, Atlanta Brave, Authorised Speed, Bialystok, Champ Kiely, Chasing Fire, Colonel Harry, Dark Raven. Diverge, Doctor Bravo, Doyen Star, Facile Vega, Father of Jazz, Fennor Cross, Gaelic Warrior, Givega, Golden Rules, Hansard, Hey Johnny, High Definition, Horantzau d’Airy, Houlanbatordechais, Hullnback, Hunters Yarn, Il Etait Temps, Imagine, Impaire Et Passe, In Excess, Inneston, Inthepocket, Irish Point, Itswhatunitesus, Ittack Blue, Jet Powered, Kpe Dadancer, L’Astroboy, Landrake, Luccia, Marine Nationale, Master Chewy, Nemean Lion, Out of Office, Palace Boy, Parmenion, Parramount, Pembroke, Persian Time, Pikar, Pistoletto, Rare Edition, Rayapour, Rubaud, Sa Fureur, Scriptwriter, Spirit of Legend, Strong Leader, Tactical Move, Tahmuras, Teddy Blue, The Big Doyen, Thecompanysergeant, Toothless, Viva Devito
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