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Fly in Champion equation

Willie Mullins spearheads the Irish assault on this year's Stan James Champion Hurdle.

The champion trainer has left in Hurricane Fly and Thousand Stars, with Philip Fenton represented by Dunguib.Last year's winner Binocular heads a field of 13 left in Tuesday's highlight at Cheltenham.

The JP McManus-owned seven-year-old is one of two probables from the Nicky Henderson team. The other is Welsh Champion Hurdle winner Oscar Whisky, while Khyber Kim, who was runner-up 12 months ago, could try to go one better for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Menorah, who took the Supreme Novices' Hurdle on this card last year, is a strong candidate from the Philip Hobbs stable, having won both of his starts at Cheltenham this term. Peddlers Cross, who also won at the 2010 Festival, represents trainer Donald McCain, along with Overturn, and has a 100% record to defend.

Alan King is double-handed with the progressive Mille Chief and Salden Licht. Clerk's Choice and Bygones Of Brid make up the baker's dozen.

Get Me Out Of Here, also owned by McManus, has been withdrawn, along with Cue Card, who instead goes for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.


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