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Small Bumper team for Mullins

Willie Mullins is responsible for just three of the 40 possibles as he seeks a seventh success in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

The County Carlow trainer is looking to Allure Of Illusion, Lord Gale or Tusa Eire to give him his first win in this race since Cousin Vinny in 2008.

An Irish trainer hoping to register his first triumph in the Cheltenham Bumper is Colm Murphy. His hope is Raise The Beat, who has not raced since winning at Naas in October.

"We like him but he`s probably a horse we don`t know a lot about," Murphy told At The Races.

"We haven`t done a lot with him and he reminds me of Zaarito. He`s a light-framed horse and we just keep him ticking over.

"We`re lucky in the sense in that he`ll go there fresh. He doesn`t need a prep run. He goes well at home and he`s won his two bumpers really well.

"How good he is we don`t really know, but he`s got all the credentials you need to go there. We`d be hopeful of a very good run. You never know. There could be a Dunguib or a Cue Card in there and he could run a blinder in fifth or six or closer.

"He deserves his chance."

All the major contenders have stood their ground at the confirmation stage, including the ante-post favourite Knight Pass from the Warren Greatrex stable.


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