Heartbreak for Leopardstown
Ante-post favourite Heartbreak City heads a list of 29 horses standing their ground in the Coral.ie Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday at the confirmation stage.
Heartbreak City (r) is still among the entries for Sunday
Tony Martin's seven-year-old was just touched off in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington when last seen in action, having earlier won the Ebor at York.
His last start over hurdles saw him win at the Galway Festival in July and he is sure to be a warm order on his return to the fray, especially as he towards the bottom of the handicap.
Martin is also represented by Golden Spear, Gladiator King and Tudor City, while the weights are headed by Renneti. His trainer Willie Mullins has also left in Thomas Hobson, Allblak Des Places, Cap D'Aubois and Noble Inn.
Gordon Elliott has a decent hand in Tombstone, Tycoon Prince, Mick Jazz, last year's third Desoto County and Veinard.
Others in the mix include Hidden Cyclone, That's A Wrap and After Rain. The Evan Williams-trained Clyne is the only UK entry.
Elliott is responsible for nine of the 22 five-day possibles for the Coral.ie Leopardstown Handicap Chase.
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They include the top four in the handicap, Roi Des Francs, Clarcam, Vukovar and A Toi Phil, as well as last year's runner-up Killer Crow and Ball D'Arc.
The latter has a 7lb penalty for winning the Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
The Mullins stable is left with four possibles – Tennis Cap, The Paparrazi Kid, Rolly Baby and New Kid In Town.
Yorkhill could bid to follow up his debut success over fences in the Grade Three Coral.ie Novice Chase.
The Mullins-trained seven-year-old easily dispensed with the opposition at Fairyhouse but faces a tougher assignment.
Stable jockey Ruby Walsh is looking forward to continuing the association with last season's Neptune Novices' Hurdle winner.
"He may well take his chance and he'd be an exciting ride for the weekend," Walsh told Racing UK.
Mullins also has Bellow Mome and Bellshill among 12 entries. Elliott also has three possibles in A Toi Phil, Space Cadet and Stone Hard.
The Martin-trained Anibale Fly would have to bounce back from a poor performance in the Kauto Star Novices' Chase at Kempton last time out.
The list is completed by Baily Cloud, Gangster, Jett, Lake Takapuna and Total Recall.
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