Briar Hill topped the final declarations for the Albert Bartlett Hurdle
Last Updated: 13/03/14 12:40pm
Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins with Briar Hill
Briar Hill will face a total of 19 rivals in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday.
Willie Mullins' gelding is likely to be one of the hottest favourites of the Festival on his first race under Rules over three miles, though he did win a race at Necarne during his brief involvement in point-to-point racing.
David Pipe may have saddled a 33/1 winner at the meeting but Kings Palace will be somewhat shorter on Friday.
The six-year-old is no stranger to winning at Cheltenham having landed the Bristol Novices' Hurdle in Decmber.
He was behind Captain Cutter when the pair met in a bumper at Ascot and Tony McCoy's mount has gone on to give the form a huge boost with victory in the Challow Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson's seven-year-old carries the colours of last year's winner, At Fisher's Cross.
Deputy Dan is one of the most improved novices in training and would be a tremendous advert for the training skills of Oliver Sherwood having won the Leamington Hurdle at Warwick.
Malcolm Jefferson went close with Attaglance earlier in the meeting and the North Yorkshire handler has cogent claims of providing an upset with Urban Hymn.
A winner over the extended three miles at Doncaster, he had previously dotted up in his previous start over Fixed Brush Hurdles at Haydock by some 20 lengths.
The other confirmations at the 24-hour stage were: Apache Jack, Blakemount, Champagne West, Cogry, Madness Light, Masters Hill, Mosspark, Port Melon, Prince Siegfried, Regal Diamond, Rydon Pynes, Saint Roque, Sausalito Sunrise, The Job Is Right and Very Wood.