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Darlan in frame for Cheltenham

Darlan, runner-up in the Supreme Novices' at the Cheltenham Festival, could return to Prestbury Park for the Racing Post Hurdle on November 18.

The Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old, who went on to win at Aintree, was installed 5-1 favourite with Paddy Power after 43 entries were received for the handicap over an extended two miles.

Henderson has two other possibles in Cash And Go, a Grade One hurdle winner for his former handler Edward O'Grady, and Une Artiste, a surprise 40-1 winner of the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at the Festival.

Paul Nicholls sent out Brampour to strike in 2011 and the Ditcheat handler has a strong hand with seven entries, including last season's JCB Triumph Hurdle fourth Dodging Bullets, a recent course winner.

Irish trainer Charles Byrnes is looking forward to seeing his talented dual-code performer Domination return to hurdles in this race.

The five-year-old was a convincing winner of a valuable Newmarket handicap and had previously just gone down to Baily Green in a Killarney handicap hurdle.

"He has been in good form since his run at Newmarket - we gave him a little break - and as long as the ground is good, he will probably take his chance," said Byrnes.

"He won well at Newmarket but his run wasn't too surprising because he was quite unlucky in Ireland on a few previous occasions and we were expecting him to run well.

"The two-and-a-quarter-mile trip at Newmarket really suited him and the two miles at Cheltenham will probably be on the sharp side for him. I think two and a half miles is ideal for him over hurdles but you need to stay well to win these races.

"I wouldn't say he was unlucky at Killarney but it has worked out to be a good race and the winner is a good horse.

"He is still lightly raced over hurdles but I don't think that is a concern going to Cheltenham because he jumps well."