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Nichols Canyon heads Mullins hand in Stayers Hurdle
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Nichols Canyon heads Mullins hand in Stayers Hurdle
on 20 April 2017
The champion trainer has also entered Annie Power for next Thursday's Grade 1 race over three miles

Cheltenham winner Nichols Canyon heads a strong Willie Mullins entry for next Thursday's Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

Stable companion Annie Power has also been left in the race but she has a clutch of entries to choose from at the meeting as she prepares to make her seasonal bow, while Nichols Canyon arrives on the back of his success in the equivalent event at the Cheltenham Festival.

Mullins has also left in Arctic Fire, Clondaw Warrior, Shaneshill, Footpad and Vroum Vroum Mag.

Mullins is battling it out for the handlers' crown with Gordon Elliott, and he also boasts a healthy team including Apple's Jade and Sutton Place in his six entries.

Neil King's Lil Rockerfeller, the Warren Greatrex-trained One Track Mind, who won the race last year, Unowhatimeanharry for Harry Fry and Dr Richard Newland's Duke Street could form a sizeable British challenge among 19 contenders.

The Ryanair Novice Chase is the other Grade 1 event on Thursday's card and Paul Nicholls' San Benedeto could try to add to his fortuitous Aintree success.

Mullins has three to pick from in Listen Dear, Townshend and Great Field, while Elliott has A Toi Phil and Ball D'Arc.

A total of 11 horses are still in the mix, with Baily Cloud, Ballyoisin, Ordinary World, Powersbomb and Woodland Opera completing the possible field.


Click here to see the full entries for Punchestown Thursday

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