Super 60 in Supreme Novices'
Last Updated: 19/02/14 12:04pm
Vautour: Heads the betting for the Supreme
Haydock winner Zamdy Man is the most notable absentee from the 60 horses left in the race at the latest forfeit stage for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
The Venetia Williams-trained winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Trial was among 42 horses scratched from the contest.
Willie Mullins retains a predictably strong hand among those remaining, being responsible for nine of the field, including the sponsors' 11/4 favourite Vautour.
The trainer confirmed on Wednesday that Vautour, Wicklow Brave and Valseur Lido are all at present intended starters in the race.
Paul Nicholls is responsible for second-favourite Irving, along with Fascino Rustico and Lac Fontana, while his British trainers' title rival Nicky Henderson has left in Cup Final, a possible starter in Saturday's Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton, Tolworth Hurdle winner Josses Hill, Stand To Reason and Vaniteux.
David Pipe, who has a particularly strong-looking team for the Festival novice hurdles this year, is responsible for Dell' Arca, Diamond Life, Pleasant Company, The Liquidator, Vieux Lion Rouge and Volt Face.