Seven rivals for A Plus Tard in Savills Chase | Racing News

Last year’s winner A Plus Tard leads a group of eight declared runners for the Savills Chase in Leopardstown.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge was belatedly launched to deny the pair coached by Willie Mullins of Kemboy and Melon in an exciting Grade One contest renewal 12 months ago and the trio will renew the rivalries on Tuesday.

After chasing housemate Minella Indo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and making an impressive return to Betfair Chase at Haydock last month, A Plus Tard will be a big favorite to successfully defend his Savills Chase crown.

Kemboy, who won the race three years ago, was beaten on his seasonal debut in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, but is expected to step up his game on a track he excels at.

Mullins also manages Janidil, Melon and Franco De Port, who finished second, third and seventh in the John Durkan just over three weeks ago.

The field is completed by a trio of runners trained by Gordon Elliott, with the winner of the 2019 Savills Chase Delta Work joined by teammates Galvin and Samcro.

The other grade one on Tuesday’s card is the Dornan Engineering Christmas Hurdle, in which Gavin Cromwell’s Flooring Porter points for streak wins.

Last season’s Stayers’ Hurdle hero crashed at his first campaign start in Navan last month.

His biggest threat may be Klassical Dream, who was a brilliant winner in Punchestown in the spring and is one of four runners on the Mullins team along with Mr Adjudicator, Saldier and Burning Victory.

Elliott saddles Abacadabras, Commander Of Fleet, Grand Roi and Sire Du Berlais, with Matthew Smith’s Ronald Pump and Mouse Morris trained Sams Profile completing the field.

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