Invitation tops JLT 10

Tue 13th Mar 2018, 13:21

photoInvitation Only
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Ante-post favourite Invitation Only is among a field of 10 declared for the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old, owned by Andrea and Graham Wylie, was a close third to Monalee in the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown, having won a Grade Three contest at Punchestown on his previous start.

Mullins also saddles Kemboy, while other Irish-trained challengers are Noel Meade's Snow Falcon and Shattered Love, a Grade One winner at Leopardstown over Christmas for Gordon Elliott.

Colin Tizzard is double-handed with Finian's Oscar and West Approach, while Nicky Henderson relies on Scilly Isles Novices' Chase scorer Terrefort and Paul Nicholls runs Modus, a winner at Kempton last month.

The line-up is completed by Gary Moore's Benatar and Harry Whittington's Bigmartre.

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Gordon Elliott is confident Samcro can live up to expectations by passing his toughest to date in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday.

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