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■ Twenty of the past 23 winners had run 12 times or fewer over fences.

■ Eighteen of the past 22 winners had won or placed at the Festival.

■ Sixteen of the past 22 winners won last time out.

■ Seven of the past nine winners were trained in Ireland.

WINNER of the Martin Pipe in 2021, GALOPIN DES CHAMPS was desperatel­y unlucky not to add the Turners to his c.v. last year and being a lightly-raced, French-bred, second-season chaser who’s stepping up in trip, Willie Mullins’ seven-year-old stands out. Stable-mate Stattler won last year’s National Hunt Chase and is next best.

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