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Mullins' attempts to reign Supreme

So Young and Zaidpour are among 23 confirmations for the Stan James Supreme Novices' Hurdle, the first race of the four-day Cheltenham Festival meeting on Tuesday.

Willie Mullins' duo could be joined on the trip to Prestbury Park by the Mouse Morris-trained pair of First Lieutenant and Tillahow, and Dermot Weld's Hidden Universe.

Cue Card heads the ante-post market and takes the easier option instead of the Champion Hurdle. Colin Tizzard's Champion Bumper hero suffered his only defeat to date when second to Menorah in the International Hurdle on this course in December on his latest outing.

He is set to be taken on by many promising sorts, including Nicky Henderson's trio of Gibb River, Spirit Son and Sprinter Sacre. There may also be three from the Paul Nicholls stable - Al Ferof, Rock On Ruby and Sam Winner.

A strong entry also includes Recession Proof and Marsh Warbler, but Gary Moore has yet to decide whether to run Megastar in the Supreme or wait for the longer Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle on Wednesday.

"If it comes up soft he definitely won't run at Cheltenham," the trainer told At The Races.

"If it's on the quick side he'd go for the Neptune and if it wasn't he'd go for the two-mile race (Supreme)."


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