Apple's Shakira faces eight rivals as she seeks Cheltenham Triumph

Wed 14th Mar 2018, 12:32

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Apple's Shakira is the standout name from just nine declarations for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Friday.

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

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.

Willie Mullins saddles Mr Adjudicator, Saldier, Sayo and Stormy Ireland, with great rival Gordon Elliott set to unleash Farclas.

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

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