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Countrywide Flame could face the hardest test of his jumping life if he takes up his engagement in the Istabraq Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown on December 29.

John Quinn's Triumph Hurdle hero made the perfect start to his career outside novice company when pulling right away in last weekend's Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.

However, no less a horse than Willie Mullins' former Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly, successful on his comeback at Punchestown, lurks among the 19 entries.

Also engaged are top British novices Darlan and Cinders And Ashes, whose stablemate Peddlers Cross has also been put in the event by trainer Donald McCain.

Last year's winner Unaccompanied is one of three chances for Dermot Weld.

The entries for all the major events at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting were released on Tuesday and Paul Nicholls' Edgardo Sol is the only British challenger in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase against Big Zeb, winner for the last two years.

Last week's Royal Bond winner Jezki is part of a huge entry for the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle on the same day, along with potential star Don Cossack and a host of Mullins contenders.

18 September 2014

Makin off to a flyer at Ayr
Festival stalwart Celestial retired
Breathing operation for Cue Card
Guest banking on Memory at Ayr
Dettori sweet on World rule
Early conclusion to Levy agreement
Baraweez on track for Ascot
Maguire raring to go
Watchable handed low Gold draw
Johnson Houghton hearing date set
Palmer mulls Aktabantay options
Bronze seeking Newmarket gold
Walker looks to future with Moon
Red-hot Kirby in Sandown treble
Listed honours for Hadaatha
Busy bags another National
Botti lines up Newmarket raid
Vintage performance from Weld filly
Cup dreams in mind for Forever
Weld prepares Newmarket challenge
McGrath and Walton charged by BHA
Encke camp ponder next move

17 September 2014

Street Cry dies, aged 16
Luck be a Lady in Cheveley Park
Appleby won't Abandon hope
Glenalmond disrupted by setback
Judgement day looms for Benoist
Toocool in Mill Reef frame
Time out for Panama
Adelaide backed to shine in Plate
Ascot to offer Irish incentive
Ryan advises caution on Gatsby run
Goodwood work forces race changes
Cosgrave hits out at ERA decision
Twilight takes Thirsk triumph
Ayr hero Ramius set to retire
Sea The Moon forced to retire
Lantern shines in morning spin
Simcock maps out plan for star pair
Max powered up for Abbaye

16 September 2014

O'Meara waits on Watchable call
Arc an option for classy Dolniya
Smurfer seeking National glory
Cosgrave put on ERA forfeit list
Belardo remains on road to Dewhurst
Cullen leads tributes to Brady
QEII beckons for Tonto
Murtagh cool on Royal Cup raid
Murtagh salutes Champions Weekend
Weighty issue for Ed's Red
Weighty issue for Ed's Red
Malabar earmarked for Boussac
Ivanhowe Arc ride in demand
Groove on for Cesarewitch bid
All-weather finals day on Channel 4
Watchable leads Gold Cup contenders
Limato leads Reef contenders
Toast confirmed for Classic chance
Classic hopes for Connection
Estimate to skip Melbourne trip
Rizeena set to race on

15 September 2014

No hurry for Clever plan
Extortionist finished for this year
Cotai team consider autumn options
Belle to take drop in class
Tullow gearing up for Chase debut
Tamadhor in Park frame
Boussac not ruled out for Naamah
Arc bid unlikely for Baltic
Connections pondering Kazeem plan
Dubai on Ansgar radar
Zarkandar skips Ces date
Woodbine double for Simcock
Prowling Panther just too good
Arc shake-up after Treve eclipse
Australia in line for Ascot
Gleneagles in Dewhurst picture
Spirit pips Toronado in Moulin
Moyglare joy for Varian and Atzeni
Stepper proves his point

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