sport

Vautour heads Supreme entries

A total of 102 entries have been received for The Festival curtain raiser, the Grade One Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins, successful last year with Champagne Fever, has an amazing 22 contenders engaged including Sky Bet's 8/1 favourite Vautour, who is unbeaten in two starts in Ireland, Moyle Park (20/1 with Sky Bet) and Valseur Lido (16/1).

The 44 Irish entries also feature dual Grade One winner The Tullow Tank (10/1, Philip Fenton), eye-catching Fairyhouse scorer Lieutenant Colonel (20/1, Dessie Hughes) and the progressive Western Boy (16/1, Pat Fahy).

Paul Nicholls' trio are headed by German import Irving (10/1), who extended his unbeaten record to three in a Grade Two contest at Ascot in December, while Nicky Henderson's nine entries include Royal Boy (20/1) and Josses Hill (14/1), first and second in the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown on January 11.

Other notables include StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle winner Dell' Arca (33/1, David Pipe), Ladbroke Hurdle victor Willow's Saviour (20/1, Dan Skelton) and Zamdy Man (25/1, Venetia Williams), who triumphed in the Grade Two Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices' Hurdle at Haydock Park on January 18.