Mayo leads Foxhunter field

Last year’s winner Whyso Mayo is among a 43-strong entry for the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Last year’s winner Whyso Mayo is among a 43-strong entry for the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Raymond Hurley-trained 10-year-old has already won at Thurles and Leopardstown this term and he could face last year’s second First Down Jets and third Joe Blake again this time.

A strong Irish entry of 11 also includes Climate Control, Abram’s Bridge and Edward O’Grady’s Ned Kelly, who took the 2002 AIG Europe Champion Hurdle in his prime and scored on his last two outings in point-to-point company.

The Suzy Bull-trained Honourable Spider and Robert Waley-Cohen’s ex-French performer Bica head the home defence along with the likes of Cobreces, Drombeag and Patches.

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