Fabulous Saga could have his first start since the 2018 Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival in the Bet365 December Novices’ Chase at Doncaster on Saturday.
Now with Paul Nicholls having moved from Willie Mullins along with several other horses owned by Jared Sullivan, the eight-year-old showed smart form in Ireland.
His highlight was when beating Delta Work in a Grade Two novice hurdle at Limerick. He was then well beaten in a Grade One at Leopardstown before finishing seventh of 20 at Cheltenham, since when he has had a wind operation.
Colin Tizzard will be looking for a boost from Alltheginjoints after a few disappointing runs from some of his big guns in recent weeks. A winner at Exeter last time out, he has the highest official rating of the eight entries.
Kim Bailey’s Happygolucky, Paul Webber’s House Island, the Fergal O’Brien-trained Hurricane Harvey and Nick Gfifford’s The Mighty Don all bring winning form over fences to the contest. Elf De Re and Milanford complete the list.
Nicholls’ Monmiral sets the standard in the Bet365 Summit Juvenile Hurdle, for which 12 have been entered. A winner in France, he also scored on his British debut at Exeter.
Alan King’s Son Of Red, a winner at Newcastle recently, and David Pipe’s Adagio have shown ability in their short time over hurdles, as has Tom George’s Bannister.
Gordon Elliott has entered Glorious Zoff, Gary Moore has given Nassalam the option, although he is due to run at Fontwell on Tuesday, while Dan Skelton could run Shake A Leg, a useful performer on the Flat in Ireland for Andy Oliver.