Paul Nicholls’ emphatic Challow hero Hermes Allen heads a total of 98 entries for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

The six-year-old, who is narrowly favourite with Betfred for the race that opens the Wednesday of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, faces stiff competition from – you guessed it – that man Willie Mullins, who has entered 21.

Moscow Flyer winner Impaire Et Passe joins Champ Kiely, who landed the Lawlor’s Of Naas earlier this year, and the exciting Gaelic Warrior.

Ireland’s champion trainer also has the likes of Grangeclare West, Dark Raven, Hunters Yarn and Quais de Paris in the mix – plus Facile Vega, although that is highly likely just a precautionary entry as he looks a shoo-in to head for the Supreme.

Latest Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle Ante-Post Odds

Gordon Elliott has a few, including Irish Point, who’s finished second in a couple of Grade Ones this term, American Mike, Absolute Notions, Three Card Brag, Doctor Bravo and Imagine.

Inthepocket for Henry De Bromhead catches the eye, as does Barry Connell’s Good Land, who is solely entered for the 2m5f contest.

Of the English horses, Givega (Gary Moore), Grey Dawning (Dan Skelton), Henri The Second (Nicholls), Jet Powered (Nicky Henderson) and Rare Edition (Charlie Longsdon) are particularly noteworthy.

Full list of entries for the 2023 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle

Abbeydale, Absolute Notions, Affordale Fury, Aime Desjy, American Mike, Atlanta Brave, Attacca, Authorised Speed, Bob Cigar, Caldwell Diamond, Champ Kiely, Churchills Boy, Cool Survivor, Cruz Control, Dark Raven, Dawn Rising, Decorated, Deep Cave, Diverge, Doctor Bravo, Doctor Brown Bear, Doyen Star, Embassy Gardens, Facile Vega, Favori de Champdou, Feel Good Inc, Firestep, Firm Footings, Gaelic Warrior, Ginny’s Destiny, Givega, Good Land, Grangeclare West, Grey Dawning, Henri The Second, Hermes Allen, Hermino Aa, High Definition, Ho My Lord, Houlanbatordechais, Hullnback, Hunters Yarn, Hurricane Highway, Il Etait Temps, Imagine, Impaire Et Passe, In Excess, Inthepocket, Irish Point, Iroko, Itswhatunitesus, Jet Powered, Joe Dadancer, Kateira, King of Cashel, L’Astroboy, Landrake, Mahons Glory, Marble Sands, Master Chewy, Mofasa, Monty’s Star, Nemean Lion, Parmenion, Parramount, Pembroke, Persian Time, Pikar, Present Soldier, Quais de Paris, Rare Edition, Rayapour, Regal Blue, Richhill, Rock My Way, Sa Fureur, Saint Davy, Santonito, Seabank Bistro, Serious Operator, Shanbally Kid, Shomen Uchi, Sir Argus, Snake Roll, Spanish Harlem, Spirit of Legend, Stay Away Fay, Storminhome, Tactical Move, Tahmuras, The Wounded Knee, Three Card Brag, Twinjets, War Soldier, Way Out, Weveallbeencaught, You Wear It Well, Zettabyte

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