Karabak heads the the entries which include four British raidersPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Karabak heads 47 entries for Boylesport Hurdle
THE Boylesports.com Hurdle at Leopardstown on January 28 attracted 47 initial entries on Monday afternoon headed by top-weight Karabak.
The 2m handicap is worth €60,000 to the winner and also offers a €100,000 bonus if the winner scores again at the Cheltenham Festival.
There are four British-trained entries including Greatwood Hurdle runner-up Olofi, trained by Tom George, with Ubi Ace (Tim Walford), First In The Queue (Nicky Henderson) and Temlett completing the quartet.
Willie Mullins, successful in this race last year with Final Approach who went on to win the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, has seven entered – Sweet My Lord, Blazing Tempo, Tawaagg, Quiscover Fontaine, Our Monty, Strain Of Fame, Vast Consumption.
Greatwood Hurdle runner-up Olofi, a faller since when still travelling two out at Newbury, is being considered but his trainer Tom George said on Monday: “He had a nasty fall at Newbury but he is going to start cantering tomorrow and touch wood he will be all right.
"We are playing it by ear - the race is very much on his agenda, but we can’t say he is definitely okay as we need to make sure he is working all right. He has been unlucky this season as he didn’t get the run of the race in the Greatwood and you wouldn’t have swapped him for any of them at the time he fell at Newbury.”
Leon Blanche of the sponsors said: “We are delighted to be associated with this race and hopefully we can get a couple of English-trained runners over to add another competitive edge to it."