WILLIE Mullins is responsible for four of the nine contenders for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday.

The champion trainer saddles Mr Adjudicator, Saldier, Sayo and Stormy Ireland, with great rival Gordon Elliott set to unleash Farclas.

Apple's Shakira is the standout name from the home team.

Nicky Henderson's filly is unbeaten since her transfer from France and is likely to be sent off at short odds for the Grade 1.

The Seven Barrows handler has, however, been forced to rule out We Have A Dream, who was reported off-colour earlier in the week.

Unbeaten hurdler Redicean is also prominent in the betting and has been declared by Alan King.

Gumball (Philip Hobbs) and Sussex Ranger (Gary Moore) are also involved.