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Vautour still in Fairyhouse picture

Vautour is one of five potential runners for Willie Mullins after a total of 18 horses stood their ground for the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Vautour clinched a second Cheltenham Festival success with a stunning performance in the JLT Novices' Chase at Prestbury Park and would be a hot favourite if turning out over the Easter weekend.

The champion trainer has also left in Valseur Lido and high-class mares Vroum Vroum Mag and Gitane Du Berlais, as well as Blood Cotil.

Other contenders include the Noel Meade-trained Apache Stronghold, Gordon Elliott's Clarcam and Gilgamboa from Enda Bolger's stable.

Fairyhouse manager Peter Roe said: "The inaugural Ryanair Gold Cup has all the ingredients required for an exciting novice chase with quality entries headed by impressive Cheltenham winner Vautour from the Willie Mullins yard.

"The forecast for the weekend is very positive with bright skies and no rain forecast and with the recent rain the ground should be ideal for top-class jump racing."

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