Paul Nicholls is able to tackle the cream of the Irish in their very own again yard at Leopardstown subsequent month, with Frodon, Clan Des Obeaux and Greaneteen being readied for the Dublin Racing Pageant.
Frodon, winner of the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal, and twin King George VI Chase hero Clan Des Obeaux are amongst 18 entries for the Paddy Energy Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Saturday, February 5.
Nicholls, who beforehand rode the winner of the race on Playschool in 1988 after which educated Neptune Collonges to win in 2009, can also be set to run Queen Mom Champion Chase hopeful Greaneteen within the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase on the Sunday of the showpiece fixture.
Assistant coach Harry Derham stated: “That’s the plan in the mean time. Each Frodon and Greaneteen want a sounder floor, and racing on the market the bottom has seemed good – so that’s the plan.
“As Paul at all times says, it’s important to have the suitable horses within the applicable races and it’s no good going over there for the sake of it, actually.
“Within the form of Greaneteen and Frodon – and with Clan Des Obeaux, who can also be entered within the race that Frodon is in – you’ve got clearly actually good horses, Grade One animals, and the circumstances of these races by way of the bottom and the monitor will swimsuit them effectively, so if in case you have received the suitable horse, then it’s sensible to take them on.
“There isn’t a level going over there with the unsuitable animal, in order that’s why they’re entered.”
The Paddy Energy Gold Cup, price €250,000, has the carrot of a €150,000 bonus to the profitable connections if their horse may land the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Solely three horses have managed such a feat – the British-trained Jodami (1993), Irish-trained Imperial Name (1996) and most lately in 2017 when Jessica Harrington’s Sizing John did the double.
Clan Des Obeaux’s King George VI Chase conqueror Twister Flyer is a part of an eight-strong entry from Willie Mullins, who has additionally engaged final 12 months’s winner Kemboy, Melon and Asterion Forlonge.
Galvin, profitable within the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, Mount Ida, Delta Work and Run Wild Fred are on the Gordon Elliott workforce, whereas Minella Indo and Eklat De Rire have been entered by Henry de Bromhead.
Mullins additionally has a powerful hand within the Dublin Chase with Allaho, Ferny Hole, Energumene and the 2020 and 2021 winner Chacun Pour Soi among the many 9 horses he has entered.
Tingle Creek winner Greaneteen heads the British contingent, which additionally contains progressive Editeur Du Gite, educated by Gary Moore, and Jonjo O’Neill’s Cheltenham Pageant scorer Sky Pirate.
Star mare Honeysuckle tops the dozen entries for the Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle as she bids to turn into solely the third horse after Istabraq and Hurricane Fly to win the race on greater than two events.
She accomplished a hat-trick of wins within the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle on her seasonal reappearance at Fairyhouse in November.
The Kenny Alexander-owned eight-year-old is bidding to increase her outstanding unbeaten profitable streak to 14 below Rachael Blackmore earlier than heading to the Cheltenham Pageant in March to defend her Champion Hurdle crown.
The Spring Juvenile Hurdle has attracted 14 entries together with Fil Dor, unbeaten in three begins over hurdles for Elliott, and one other Leopardstown Christmas Pageant winner, the Mullins-trained Icare Allen.
First and second within the Racing Publish Novice Chase on the course over Christmas, Mullins’ Ferny Hole and Elliott’s Riviere D’etel may effectively conflict once more within the Irish Arkle Novice Chase.
There are 10 entries for the race with Mullins’ Blue Lord and the Joseph O’Brien-trained Embittered and Busselton additionally within the combine.