Mullins planning Morgiana raid

Willie Mullins intends to be mob-handed in the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle as he bids to win the Grade One for the sixth year successive year at Punchestown on Sunday.

Nichols Canyon winging the last to win last year's renewal

Ireland's champion trainer is responsible for seven of the 10 possibles, headed by Annie Power and Faugheen, winners of the last two runnings of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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"We'll see how things are in the morning, but I'm not too worried about the likes of Annie Power, as it is the other ones I'm worried about," said Mullins.

"There isn't an opportunity for those horses to run and there's nothing for them in the immediate future so we'll be running as many as we can – the race needs to be supported and they may as well run there."

Mullins' other entries are last year's winner Nichols Canyon, Ivan Grozny, Sempre Medici, Simenon and Vroum Vroum Mag.

The other three remaining at this stage are the Joseph O'Brien-trained Ivanovich Gorbatov, Gordon Elliott's Apple's Jade and Gavin Cromwell's Jer's Girl.

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