Festival Fans
January 18, 2022

Entries for the four novice chases' at this year's Festival were published today.

And all of these Cheltenham races have Irish-trained horses as ante-post favourite.

They include potential superstars such as Galopin Des Champs and Bob Olinger.

Last year's novice chases' were actually some of the few Cheltenham Festival races not dominated by the Irish.

British-trained horses finished first and second in both the Arkle and the Marsh (now the Turners).

They were also second and third in the Brown Advisory, while Next Destination ran Galvin close in the National Hunt Chase.


Blue Lord, Brave Seasca, Captain Tom Cat, Ciel De Neige, Coeur Sublime, Do Your Job, Edwardstone, El Barra, Elixir De Nutz, Ferny Hollow, For Pleasure, Grand Bornand, Hardy Du Seuil, Haut En Couleurs, Jungle Boogie, Red Rookie, Ribble Valley, Saint Sam, Shadow Rider, Shakem Up’Arry, Third Time Lucki, War Lord, Magic Daze, Riviere D’etel

The 2-mile Arkle has attracted the smallest entry of 24 horses, half trained in Ireland, including ante-post favourite Ferny Hollow.

The 2020 Champion Bumper winner missed last year's Festival with a stress fracture, but has won his first two outings over fences for Willie Mullins.

Mullins' has nine entries in total including Blue Lord who was set for second in last year's Supreme before falling at the last.

The Closutton maestro has trained four of the last seven winners of this race.

Meanwhile, Alan King's Edwardstone leads the home defence after a hat-trick of wins over fences including the Grade 1 Henry VII at Sandown.

Current market leaders: Ferny Hollow 6/4, Edwardstone 4/1, Blue Lord 5/1


Annual Invictus, Back On The Lash, Beatthebullet, Big Nasty, Braeside, Brinkley, Capodanno, Castle Robin, Cavallino, Come On Teddy, Corach Rambler, Diol Ker, Does He Know, Doyen Breed, En Beton, Eva’s Oskar, Fantastikas, Farouk D’alene, Fern Hill, Five O’Clock, Front Assault, Fury Road, Gustavian, Hold That Taught, Indiana Jones, J’Ai Froid, Jungle Boogie, Lord Accord, Major Dundee, Mr Harp, Omar Maretti, Ontheropes, Opposites Attract, Papa Tango Charly, Pats Fancy, Rapper, Roi De Dubai, Run Wild Fred, Slipway, Stattler, Stratum, Streets Of Doyen, The Bosses Oscar, Threeunderthrufive, Tommie Beau, Torygraph, Vanillier, Your Darling

There are a total of 48 entries for this marathon test over 3 miles, 6 furlongs.

Willie Mullins’ Stattler and Gordon Elliott's Run Wild Fred are vying for favouritism.

Stattler, one of nine Mullins entries, was fourth when favourite for last year’s Albert Bartlett but looked a natural over fences on his chase debut last month at Fairyhouse.

Elliott has a strike rate of 4 winners from 8 runners in this race and he would also have been training last years' winner, Galvin, but for his suspension.

He has a total of seven entries this season, including Farouk D'alene and Fury Road.

Current Market Leaders: Stattler (4/1), Run Wild Fred (4/1)


Ahoy Senor, Annual Invictus, Barnaviddaun, Beacon Edge, Bob Olinger, Bothwell Bridge, Braeside, Bravemansgame, Brinkley, Bushypark, Capodanno, Dickie Diver, Diol Ker, Dusart, Egality Mans, En Beton, Fantastikas, Farouk D’alene, Fighter Allen, Five O’Clock, French Dynamite, Fury Road, Gabynako, Gaillard Du Mesnil, Gallyhill, Galopin Des Champs, Grumpy Charley, Hold That Taught, Imperial Alcazar, Jungle Boogie, L’Homme Press, Mister Coffey, Ontheropes, Oscar Elite, Papa Tango Charly, Pats Fancy, Run Wild Fred, Sounds Russian, Stattler, Stratum, Streets Of Doyen, The Bosses Oscar, Threeunderthrufive, Vanillier, Busselton, Delvino, Silver Forever

There are 47 entered for the Festival Novices' Chase, run over 3 miles ½ furlong.

Galopin Des Champs is the ante-post favourite after his dazzling debut over fences at Leopardstown for Willie Mullins.

Last year's Martin Pipe Hurdle winner is yet to receive an official rating over fences, but that race earned him a Racing Post Rating of 163.

That's the highest RPR for a chasing debutant in the modern era.

He is one of 11 Mullins' entries, which also include Capodanno, who won a fiercely competitive handicap hurdle at last year's Punchestown Festival.

Bravemansgame spearheads the British contingent for Paul Nicholls. He has won his three starts over fences, including the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase.

Another leading novice is Lucinda Russell's Ahoy Senor, who also has a speculative entry to the Gold Cup this year.

He showed his potential when demolishing the field in a Grade 2 at Newbury in November, then finished behind Bravemansgame at Kempton.

Current market leaders: Galopin Des Champs (5/4), Bravemansgame (4/1), Ahoy Senor (8/1), Capodanno (10/1)


Barnadviddaun, Blue Lord, Bob Olinger, Bothwell Bridge, Bravemansgame, Capodanno, Captain Tom Cat, Dusart, Egality Mans, El Barra, En Beton, Farouk D’alene, Ferny Hollow, Fighter Allen, French Dynamite, Fury Road, Gabynako, Gaillard Du Mesnil, Gallyhill, Galopin Des Champs, Grand Bornand, Grumpy Charley, Imperial Alcazar, Jacamar, Jungle Boogie, L’Homme Press, Millers Bank, Minella Drama, Mister Coffey, Oscar Elite, Papa Tango Charly, Pic D’Orhy, Presentandcounting, Run Wild Fred, Stattler, Stolen Silver, Thedevilscoachman, War Lord, Bussleton, Hardy Du Seuil, Haut En Couleurs, Nassalam, Saint Sam, Riviere D’etel

There are 44 entered for this 2 mile, 4 furlong race, which is headed by Bob Olinger in the ante-post market.

Last year's Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winner has won his two races over fences for Henry de Bromhead, including a novice chase at Punchestown on Sunday.

Also unbeaten over timber is Venetia Williams' L'Homme Presse, winner of the Dipper Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on New Year's Day.

One of several of these novices to have alternative options, this looks his target.

Willie Mullins has no fewer than 14 entries, including Jungle Boogie - who is actually entered in all four of these novice chases'.

Current market leaders: Bob Olinger (evens), L'Homme Presse (7/1)