Willie Mullins has left each Chacun Pour Soi and Allaho in Saturday’s Betfair Tingle Creek Chase on the affirmation stage.
The Closutton handler introduced final week that he intends to be represented by five-times Grade One winner Chacun Pour Soi within the two-mile spotlight at Sandown, however he nonetheless has a second string to his bow in Allaho, who received the Ryanair Chase on the Cheltenham Pageant earlier than being overwhelmed by his stablemate at Punchestown.
Mullins additionally had Energumene within the Tingle Creek, however he has been taken out of the race together with Shishkin, who Nicky Henderson dominated out final week.
There’s a third attainable Irish challenger within the Henry de Bromhead-trained Captain Guinness, who received the Poplar Sq. Chase on his most up-to-date run.
The house defence is headed by Dan Skelton’s Nube Negra, a totally spectacular winner of the Shloer Chase on his return to motion at Cheltenham’s November assembly.
Paul Nicholls has two to select from in Haldon Gold Cup second and fourth Hitman and Greaneteen, whereas Defi Du Seuil might attempt to get his profession again on monitor for Philip Hobbs after a disappointing reappearance at Ascot.
The Jennie Candlish-trained Cheddleton rounds out the eight contenders.