Arvika Ligeonniere and Vautour at Punchestown
Last Updated: 28/01/14 1:49pm
Arvika Ligeonniere: Sunday entry
The Willie Mullins trained Arvika Ligeonniere heads a competitive field of eight following the entry stage for Sunday's Boylesports Free Wifi Coming To Our Shops Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown.
The Grade 2 has attracted an entry from Donald McCain in the form of Desert Cry while the Gigginstown House Stud operation hold three entries with Toner D'Oudairies, Rathlin and Bog Warrior in the mix.
Bailey Green is looking to return to winning ways for Mouse Morris and Henry De Bromhead's Grade 1 Aintree winner Special Tiara will bid to make it a hat trick for the yard following in the footsteps of Sizing Europe. Arvika Ligeonniere's stablemate Twinlight also holds an entry for Sunday's feature.
Eddie O'Leary speaking on behalf of Gigginstown House Stud looked forward to the race by saying "You just have to look at previous winners of this race to know that it is a great one to win.
"We certainly hope to have one if not two runners and will monitor the progress of each horse as the week progresses. We are looking forward to Bog Warriors return but have to take each day as it comes as there is no point in rushing him back but if he is ready we would certainly like him to be there".
Desert Cry also holds an entry for Sandown next Saturday but Sunday's Punchestown race also appealed the trainer who said "Desert Cry has won his last two races and is far more effective on slow ground. Handicaps are not an option for him so we have to look at conditions races and the Boylesports race really appeals. We will monitor how both races pan out through the week."
The Tied Cottage Chase boasts an impressive roll of honour with dual winner Moscow Flyer, Cockney Lad, Mansony, Big Zeb and Sizing Europe all featuring.
Sky Bet Supreme Novice Hurdle favourite Vautour aims to continue his progress in the Listed INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle over two miles but may not have it all his own way as stablemates Wicklow Brave and Moyle Park along with Dessie Hughes Lieutenant Colonel also hold entries.
Sunday's high quality seven race card is considered a Cheltenham trials day with one of only two Irish run Pertemps Hurdle qualifiers, the Listed INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle and of course the spectators favourite the Glenfarclas PP Hogan Cross Country Race.
Big Shu who made a huge impression on the cross country circuit last season is looking to make his seasonal return. Trainer Peter Maher said "Big Shu loves Punchestown and the horse is in good shape so we look forward to seeing how he runs on Sunday. He delivered for us at the festivals last spring and had a tough race in the Avon Ri La Touche so we gave him plenty of time off".