Small Irish team for Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Only nine of the 31 entries for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival are from Ireland.

The race has generally been the preserve of the raiding party and this year Willie Mullins has entered seven horses, including Hollowgraphic and Blackbow.

Strong fancies for the home team include Nick Gifford’s Didtheyleaveuoutto and the Anthony Honeyball-trained Acey Milan.

Eleven of the 21 entries for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase are from Ireland, including last year’s winner Cause Of Causes.

Josies Orders, Auvergnat, Cantlow and Bless The Wings are likely to be there again along with Urgent De Gregaine from France.

Kim Bailey has entered the classy The Last Samuri, who finished second in the 2016 Grand National.

Previous winners Pacha Du Polder and On The Fringe are among 32 entries for the St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase. Leading fancies Wonderful Charm and Burning Ambition are also in the field.

Mullins won the first two runnings of the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle and he has Laurina among 30 entries with Maria’s Benefit also in contention.