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Briar camp look to the future

Cheltenham Bumper winner Briar Hill is among 43 entries for the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle.

Mightily impressive at the Festival back in March, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old, owned by Graham Wylie, currently heads the market for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

Mullins said: "We seem to have a nice team of novice hurdlers and this fellow won his maiden hurdle nicely at Wexford.

"I would expect him to come on for that and he will have a few options over Christmas."

Regular Jockey Ruby Walsh feels Briar Hill will come into his own over further.

He told Racing UK: "Briar Hill is in good form.

"I know he won the Bumper last year but he probably wouldn't be jumping out at you as a two-miler.

"I'd imagine he's more of a stayer, but time will tell.

"He looks really well. He obviously won 10 days ago but is back in good form now."

Mullins has a strong team to chose from which includes City Slicker, Clondaw Court, Faugheen, Moyle Park, Lucky Bridle and Pink Hat.

Impressive Royal Bond winner The Tullow Tank is engaged for trainer Philip Fenton and owner Barry Connell.

Carriganog may represent Aidan O'Brien, while Le Vent D'Antan could run for Liz Doyle.

Only three entries from the United Kingdom were received, all from the yard of John Ferguson.