Warwick next port of call for Pont Alexandre

Willie Mullins has given exciting prospect Pont Alexandre the option of the Betfred Mobile Hampton Novices’ Chase at Warwick on Saturday.

The eight-year-old overcame a 998-day absence when making a successful fencing debut at Punchestown last month.

That performance laid down a marker for the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival which had been the scene of his last start before his enforced lay-off when finishing third to The New One in the 2013 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle.

Mullins has also handed entries to Black Hercules, who made a winning chasing debut at Navan, and Fairyhouse scorer Roi Des Francs.

Paul Nicholls has put Silsol and Vivaldi Collonges in the 18-strong list for the three-mile heat.

Other interesting possibles includes Harry Fry’s Bitofapuzzle, the Brian Ellison-trained Definitly Red and Emily Gray from Kim Bailey’s stable.


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