Supreme favourite Abacadabras among Moscow Flyer entries

Supreme favourite Abacadabras is entered at Punchestown on Sunday
Supreme favourite Abacadabras is entered at Punchestown on Sunday

Gordon Elliott's star novice hurdler Abacadabras, who is ante-post favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, features among a stellar list of 12 horses entered for Sunday's Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

Fourth behind Envoi Allen in the Champion Bumper last season, the six-year-old has blossomed since switching to the hurdling sphere this campaign, and his victory in the Grade 1 Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Punchestown over the festive period forced the bookmakers to slash him to clear favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Three wins in his four outings this season - with his only defeat coming at the hands of Envoi Allen in the Royal Bond Novice Hurdle in December - Abacadabras has been mightily impressive over timber, and Sunday's race could be the next step on his impressive campaign.

A race won in previous years by the likes of Vautour and Douvan, who both went on to land Supreme glory, it's no surprise to see a stellar list of entries, and the highly-touted Andy Dufresne will add more depth to the Elliott team, as he could drop back to two miles after a shock defeat in the two and a half mile Navan Novice Hurdle. 

Easywork is another eye-catching entry for Elliott's imperious operation and the six-year-old Gigginstown House Stud-owned charge could be aiming to record a fourth win on the spin over hurdles this season. Last seen winning over two and a half miles at Limerick on Boxing Day, Easywork will step into Graded company for the first time, but has shaped like he could easily produce the goods in higher class races.

Willie Mullins has won this race seven times since 2009 and the master of Closutton could unleash a three-pronged attack in the shape of Blackbow, Janidil and Tiger Tap Tap. The former, who was fifth in the 2018 Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival, has struggled to deliver over obstacles this season, and was a faller last time out, but has to be respected, while Janidil will step out of handicap company having won three races on the spin, and will be a respected contender, with Tiger Tap Tap completing the Mullins triumvirate fresh from a win at Naas.

Joseph O'Brien's pair of entries are Anything Will Do, who is seeking a fourth win on the bounce, while Meticulous completes his duo, while the Henry de Bromhead-trained Captain Guinness is another notable entry in a race that could throw up a host of Cheltenham Festival clues.

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