Arctic Fire heads entries for Hatton’s Grace Hurdle

Champion Hurdle runner-up Arctic Fire is the headline name that remains in Sunday’s Bar One Racing Hatton’s Grace Hurdle.

Arctic Fire heads entries for Hatton’s Grace Hurdle

The six-year-old, who won the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan on his return to action earlier this month, is one of three possible contenders in the Grade One prize for trainer Willie Mullins alongside the unbeaten Clondaw Court and mare Petite Parisienne.

Noel Meade has left in Monksland, who also has the option of the Drinmore over fences on the same card, and Snow Falcon as he seeks to win the contest for the first time since 2007.

Recent Grade Two winner Identity Thief is the sole representative of Henry De Bromhead, but he has been supplemented for the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle and is thought more likely to take up that option instead.

The list is completed by Mouse Morris’ Alpa Des Obeaux, Taglietelle for Gordon Elliott, Tony Martin’s Thomas Edison and Gwencily Berbas for Alan Fleming.

Elsewhere, leading RSA Chase contender No More Heroes is one of nine entries in the Drinmore.

This year’s Albert Bartlett Hurdle third is one of three possible runners in the Grade One event for trainer Gordon Elliott, who last won the race with Don Cossack in 2013. No More Heroes, a winner on his chasing debut at Punchestown last month, could be joined by stablemates Free Expression and Captain Von Trappe.

The progressive Shantou Flyer features for Colin Bowe, while Mullins has entered only Outlander.

Sandra Hughes has left in All Hell Let Loose and Sub Lieutenant.

The Michael Mulvany-trained Rightdownthemiddle completes the possible line up.

Mullins, meanwhile, appears to hold all the aces with four strong entries among a list of eight for the Royal Bond.

The Closutton handler has Grade Three winners Bachasson and Long Dog in contention, as well as novice scorers Gangster and Thomas Hobson.

Eoin Griffin could be represented by Archive, a winner at Galway last month, while Elliott has Roman Gold, successful at Thurles and Clonmel recently.

Morris is considering the Grade One contest for Baily Cloud, who is on a hat-trick thanks to victories at Galway and Gowran last month.

Meade looks to Gunnery Sergeant, who fell at the second-last flight when holding every chance on his hurdling debut at Gowran at the weekend won by the Mullins-trainer American Tom.

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