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Impressive Leopardstown scorer Pont Alexandre is among 119 entries for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle

Last Updated: 31/01/13 1:23pm

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Pont Alexandre: Heads the Neptune entries

Pont Alexandre: Heads the Neptune entries

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Impressive Leopardstown scorer Pont Alexandre is among 119 entries for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

The ante-post favourite is one of 12 entered by Willie Mullins, along with the likes of Champion Bumper winner Champagne Fever and unbeaten mare Annie Power.

Mouse Morris has entered the rapidly improving Rule The World, one of nine possible runners for Gigginstown House Stud and one of 35 Irish-trained entries.

They include the Margaret Mullins-trained Anonis who was still going well when falling behind Pont Alexandre at Leopardstown on Sunday and the Cheltenham bumper winner is entered in the Neptune, the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett.

Mullins said: "I'm not sure which race will be his target yet - I will leave that to Barry (Connell, owner) - but he is just a little bit sore at the moment and we will just have to see how he is over the next few days.

"He looked as if he might have given the winner a race on Sunday and it was disappointing to fall as it does take its toll. I don't know if I will be able to get another run into him before Cheltenham as it's getting a bit close now.

"He is definitely good enough to go to Cheltenham - I think he is very good - and if I have him right, we will definitely be going to The Festival.

"Barry was talking about the Neptune or the Albert Bartlett, but he looked good when he won his bumper at Cheltenham over two miles."

Puffin Billy has this race and the Supreme Novices' Hurdle as his possible targets while The New One and Cheltenham conqueror At Fishers Cross also feature.

Challow Hurdle winner Taquin Du Seuil looks to represent the best of the rest from Britain at this stage, alongside Tolworth Hurdle winner Melodic Rendezvous.

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