Willie Mullins Cheltenham Day 1 Entries: Read all about the Mullins runners on Tuesday

Willie Mullins will saddle a strong team on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.
Willie Mullins will saddle a strong team on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

A short odds-on favourite for the Top Trainer crown at the Cheltenham Festival, Willie Mullins will unleash a mouth-watering battalion of top notch performers on day one of the meeting, and focus our attentions on the Closutton clan set to sparkle at Prestbury Park on Tuesday...

13:30 - Supreme Novices' Hurdle

A three-pronged attack for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, Dysart Dynamo will spearhead the Mullins charge for the festival curtain-raiser and he is heavily fancied to down the Nicky Henderson-trained duo of Constitution Hill and Jonbon, who both sit prominently in the betting. A Grade 2 winner last time out, the unbeaten novice hurdler will be joined by last season's Champion Bumper runner-up Kilcruit, who finally broke his maiden tag last time, but will need to step up on his last performance, while Bring On The Night is the unknown quantity, as he has only been seen on the track once, but he impressed with a maiden hurdle win in late February.

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14:10 - Arkle Challenge Trophy

Having saddled four of the last seven winners of this contest, Willie Mullins will look to enhance his excellent recent record and he will have another trio in race two on the card, and it will be the well fancied Blue Lord, who could be the flagbearer for the Co. Carlow handler in this 2m Grade 1 novice chase. Unbeaten over fences, the Irish Arkle hero will be joined by the smart mare Haut En Couleurs, who won impressively on her chasing debut, but she failed to complete last time out, so she will need to improve her jumping to feature. Last seen finishing third behind Blue Lord in the Irish Arkle, Saint Sam is still lightly-raced over fences, so is entitled to improve for that experience, but looks to have his work cut out to beat his stablemates.

15:30 Cheltenham - Champion Hurdle

One of the most intriguing horses of the entire festival will take to the track for the Mullins team in the Champion Hurdle, and that is Appreciate It, who will be aiming to topple the reigning champion Honeysuckle, who is a hot favourite for the Grade 1 event. Last seen winning the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, Appreciate It is second favourite to claim glory in this crown, and it will be eye-catching as to what the betting makes of his chances. A well beaten fourth behind Honeysuckle in the Irish Champion Hurdle last month, Saint Roi is the second shot fired by Mullins, but he will face it tough to challenge for glory here.

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16:10 - Mares' Hurdle

A nine-times winner of this event, Willie Mullins has become synonymous with this contest down the years, and he will have a trio of mares bidding for glory in this year's event. Heading the threesome will be Stormy Ireland, who was a fine winner of the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier in the season, and a return to the same venue will bring out the best in her. A fortunate winner of the 2020 Triumph Hurdle, Burning Victory has failed to become a force in the hurdling sphere, but she did beat Queens Brook last time out and is a class act on her day, while Echoes In Rain is another that has to be considered if producing her best form.

16:50 - Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

Lining up off a mark of 129, Gaelic Warrior is expected to be a class above his rivals in the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, which is the penultimate race on day one of the festival, and the Rich Ricci-owned raider will be the Mullins' team premier challenger for the four-year-old handicap hurdle. Solid French form and a favourable mark has meant many believe Gaelic Warrior to be a certainty, but there are some smart youngsters lining up, so it won't all be easy. The 33/1 outsider Feigh is the second Mullins raider lining up and she was comfortably beaten by Brazil last time out.

17:30 - National Hunt Chase

A sole representative in the National Hunt Chase, Mullins will hope that Stattler can build on his two wins over fences to date, and duly notch up a third win from three chase starts. Fourth in last season's Albert Bartlett, he has improved for the switch to fences, and while he has a big rival in Run Wild Fred he looks a major player here.

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