The entries for the 11 handicaps at this years Cheltenham Festival have been revealed.
The £75,000 (€55,000) Stewart Family Spinal Research Handicap Chase on Tuesday has attracted an entry of 85, including the Alan King-trained trio of Bensalem, Blazing Bailey and Bakbenscher.
Irish trainers have won every running of the £40,000 (€29,000) Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase since the contest was introduced at the Festival in 2005 and 15 of the 33 entries in this year’s race are trained in Ireland.
Last year’s winner A New Story is among the possibles while Garde Champetre is among five entries for cross-country specialist Enda Bolger.
Tuesday’s card also features the Listed £50,000 (€36,000) Centenary Novices’ Handicap Chase, which has attracted 73 entries.
Wednesday’s Coral Cup has attracted a bumper entry of 134, spearheaded by the progressive Aegean Dawn, who is unbeaten in four starts for Nicky Henderson.
Henderson also trains A Media Luz, the current ante-post favourite for the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle, for which 52 four-year-olds have been entered.
On Thursday, there are 95 initial entries for the Pertemps Final, while Racing Post Chase favourite Fistral Beach is among 81 entries for the Byrne Group Plate.
The Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup has also been very well supported this year with the Ferdy Murphy-trained Galant Nuit among the 107 entries.
Totesport Trophy winner Recession Proof heads 111 Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle contenders, although he is more likely to run in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.
David Pipe has entered seven of the 164 named for the race named in honour of his father, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson also looks set to hold a strong hand as he bids to triumph in the contest named in his father’s honour, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase, with his eight entries including Tanks For That and French Opera.