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Entries made for Cheltenham Festival handicaps

Updated: Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 14:16 | Comments

Grand National favourite Teaforthree was a winner at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012
Grand National favourite Teaforthree was a winner at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012

Leading Grand National candidates Teaforthree and Triolo D'Alene are among 98 entries in the Festival Handicap Chase on the opening day of Cheltenham's big meeting on 11 March.

Smart novices like Annacotty, Green Flag, Many Clouds and Sam Winner have the option along with Holywell, Tap Night, Shutthefrontdoor and Alfie Sherrin.

Also on the opening day, the Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase has attracted the likes of Manyriverstocross and Indian Castle.

The Coral Cup has attracted a mammoth entry of 136, with David Pipe's French imports Dell 'Arca and Un Temps Pour Tout under consideration along with Dunguib, Far West and last year's winner Medinas.

Course specialists Balthazar King and Big Shu are among 37 entries for the Glenfarclass Cross Country Chase, with the likes of Quantitativeeasing, Diamond Harry and Hey Big Spender also possibles.

The Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle will obviously change shape as plans for the JCB Triumph Hurdle firm up, but 75 have been given the option, including Grade One winner Guitar Pete, with the three that finished behind him - Tiger Roll, Plinth and Ivan Grozny - all engaged as well.

John Quinn has put in Pearl Castle, Rutherglen, Aurore D'Estruval and Forced Family Fun.

A total of 70 have been entered for the Pertemps Final, which runners have had to qualify for by finishing in the first eight of any of the races of the series.

Fingal Bay, Top Wood and Josies Orders are three who won qualifiers along the way.

The Byrne Group Plate has 83 entries with Don Cossack given the option by Gordon Elliott.

Tranquil Sea and Time For Rupert, first and second in a veterans' race at Doncaster on Wednesday, may renew rivalry in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup and feature among 110 possibles.

Captain Cee Bee and Cinders And Ashes, two former winner of the Supreme, are the class acts among 117 in the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle.

The biggest entry was received for the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Hurdle, with David Pipe having 15 engaged in the race named in honour of his father.

Ballynagour and Doctor Harper could be joined by the likes of Lac Fontana and Splash Of Ginge.

The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual has 66 possibles with last year's winner Alderwood, smart novice Claret Cloak and Tony Martin's winner of the County Hurdle last year, Ted Veale, in the reckoning.

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