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Sir highlights Growise possibles

Willie Mullins' exciting young gelding Sir Des Champs is among 12 entries confirmed at the five-day stage for the Growise Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown on Tuesday.

The six-year-old took his unblemished record over the bigger obstacles to four with an impressive victory in the Jewson Novices' Chase at Cheltenham.

Mullins is responsible for three other possibles in the Grade One contest - Bishopsfurze, Call The Police and Lambro.

First Lieutenant, second to Bobs Worth in the RSA Chase at last month's Festival, has stood his ground for Mouse Morris while a fascinating contender is Irish National hero Lion Na Bearnai, one of only five horses trained by Tom Gibney. A top quality entry is completed by Frisco Depot, Medical Card, Mossey Joe, Ninetieth Minute, Ordinary Man and Shop DJ.

Alderwood features among 16 acceptors for the Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle on the same day.

The Tom Mullins-trained eight-year-old has been in cracking form of late, winning the County Hurdle at Cheltenham and a Grade Two novice event at Fairyhouse's Easter fixture.

Allure Of Allusion, who took runner-up spot in the latter event, is one of six remaining entries from the Willie Mullins stable.

The others are Felix Yonger, Laganbank, Midnight Game, Simenon and Terminal. The Charles Byrnes-trained Trifolium, third in the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham, Jessica Harrington's Steps To Freedom and Dermot Weld's Galileo's Choice also catch the eye in this two-mile heat.


From Belfast Telegraph