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Psycho in Prestbury Park mix

The Tony Martin-trained Psycho features among a strong Irish entry for the Vote AP Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.

A high-class novice chaser last season, the nine-year-old stepped up on his seasonal reappearance run when beating Osana at Naas in November and he also has entries in the Dial-A-Bet Chase and Lexus Chase at Leopardstown later this month.

Dancing Tornado took runner-up spot in the Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase last month and his trainer Michael Hourigan will be hoping to go one better. That horse's owner JP McManus has Tom Taaffe's Finger Onthe Pulse and the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Sunnyhillboy as well.

Psycho's stablemate Northern Alliance, the Noel Glynn-trained Gonebeyondrecall and Paul Magnier's Duers complete the six Irish contenders.

Last year's winner Poquelin tops 18 five-day entries for the valuable handicap. Andy Stewart's gelding has top weight of 11st 12lb, 4lb more than he carried when success 12 months ago.

His trainer Paul Nicholls has also left in French import Robinson Collonges, a facile winner of a three-horse affair at Hereford last time.

Paddy Power victor Little Josh will try to follow up his win over the course, when Poquelin was fifth, while his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is also represented by Pigeon Island.

Nicky Henderson fields a strong double act in Paddy Power fourth Mad Max and course winner Dave's Dream.

David Pipe is two-handed with Great Endeavour and Matuhi while the line-up is completed by Nicky Richards' Noble Alan, Henrietta Knight's Calgary Bay and Pickamus from Henry Daly's stable.


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